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Advance voting numbers way up as NDP closes gap on UCP: poll

Last Updated Apr 13, 2019 at 3:55 pm PDT

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – With just a couple days left for advanced voting, stations will likely be busy based on the turn-out so far.

Over 400,000 Albertans have already cast their ballot in the first three days of advanced voting, shattering the record from four years ago.

In the 2015 election, roughly 235,000 ballots were cast during all days of advance voting.

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The voter turnout numbers come in the wake of a new poll showing the UCP’s lead is shrinking with just days left until election day.

A poll by Angus Reid shows that the NDP has narrowed the gap by 12 percentage points, but the United Conservatives are still holding strong.

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The lead for the UCP comes mainly from the party’s strength in Calgary and rural ridings, while the NDP holds a substantial lead in Edmonton.

The poll also looked at the approval of the party leaders, with 57 per cent saying Rachel Notley hasn’t done enough to stand up to the oil and gas industry.

About 53 per cent of respondents said Jason Kenney is the best leader to deal with issues surrounding the energy sector.

Advance voting closes Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Election day is Tuesday, polls open at 9:00 a.m.