It follows a contest to succeed Carwyn Jones, who will formally step down as First Minister on Tuesday next week.
Around 175,000 people were entitled to vote in the contest, either through their membership of the party or an affiliated trade union or group.
After Eluned Morgan’s votes were redistributed on the basis of the voters’ second preferences, Mark Drakeford had 53.9% and Vaughan Gething 41.4%. Not everyone will have included a second preference.
Mr Drakeford will formally be confirmed as the First Minister of Wales after a vote by AMs in the National Assembly next week.
Other parties can challenge him but with 29 Labour AMs and Independent AM Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM expected to stay in the Welsh Gove
“After a gruelling seven-month-long Welsh Labour leadership contest, Mark Drakeford was today announced as the winner, and soon to be new First Minister, with 53.9% of the vote.
The early favourite was probably the best of the three candidates, none of whom exactly set Welsh politics on fire with bold new ideas.
Despite holding views on a second Brexit vote that were at odds with much of the party, and reports of some bad-tempered comments at the hustings, his opponents largely failed to land a blow him.
However, it’s unlikely that Drakeford’s merits as a potential First Minister played much of a part. This Labour leadership contest was indicative of many of the problems with Welsh politics as a whole, which is that the success or failure of parties and candidates is largely governed by Westminster issues beyond their control.
I follow numerous Welsh Labour Facebook groups and the leadership contest was hardly mentioned. It was the Corbyn v May battles at Westminster that dominated.
Beyond set-piece hustings and TV debates, I saw hardly any discussion amongst members of the important issues regarding powers that the new First Minister will wield in areas such as health, education and tax.
The contrast with Plaid Cymru’s almost too combative and passionate (perhaps bad-tempered) leadership race over the summer, where ideological differences were treated like fissures, has been stark.
In fact, at times Plaid Cymru members seemed to have more interest in the ins-and-outs of Labour’s leadership contest than Labour member”.