Labour candidate Tony Lloyd has been elected as the police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester.
The former MP for Manchester Central was elected with 139,437 votes on a turnout of just 13.93%.
As he won just over 50% of the votes cast, with 51.23%, he was elected outright and there was no need for a count of second-preference votes.
Tory candidate Michael Winstanley polled second, but trailed well behind on 15.61% of the votes.
Mr Lloyd becomes the commissioner responsible for Greater Manchester Police, the third largest force in England and Wales, serving more than 2.5 million people over an area of 500 square miles.
Mr Lloyd gave up his safe Labour seat in Parliament to stand as his party's candidate for the £100,000-a-year post.
The city at the core of the region once earned the unwanted nickname of "Gunchester", but the area has seen crime fall in successive years for the last decade.
Mr Lloyd, speaking after the vote announcement, criticised David Cameron over the handling of the elections.
"This is an affront to the proper functioning of democracy," he said.
"It doesn't take away from the mandate of the police and crime commissioner. It is not the media that ought to be blaming themselves, it's the Prime Minister and those around him."