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Burnaby South by-election is a two-horse race: poll

Last Updated Jan 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm PST

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A new poll suggests NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is the early front-runner in the Burnaby-South by-election

The poll says the NDP leader has an early lead

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A poll suggests the Burnaby South By-Election is a two-horse race between the NDP, and Liberals right now.

The Mainstreet research poll suggests NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has an early lead with the Liberals behind.

Amongst decided and leaning voters, Singh has just about 38 per cent support while Liberal candidate Karen Wang is second at around 26 per cent.

But Mainstreet president Quito Maggi says the biggest shock is on the right, where the candidate for the newly formed people’s party garnered nearly 9 per cent, taking votes away from Andrew Scheer’s conservatives.

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“And if that translates to the other by-elections, and translates into the election in October, it’s really bad news for Andrew Scheer, pretty much puts them out of the running,” he says. “Haven’t seen this kind of vote split on the right since the late 90’s early 2000’s.”

He says Scheer should be worried, “This poll is sending shivers up the spines of every Conservative in Ottawa and every conservative across Canada,” Maggi adds.

Maggi says if the people’s party is this strong come election day, Conservatives have no chance of winning.

But is not a slam dunk yet for Singh, Maddi says Wang has the edge when it comes to undecided voters.

“The Liberal candidate was nominated just over a week ago, but the fact that she is leading among the undecided leanings, and that the undecided is actually up, means that’s there is upwards growth for her,” he adds.