On Tuesday, a new Nanos Research Report put Conservative accessible vote at a three-year high!
The latest numbers show that 55.6% of Canadians would consider voting Liberal while 47.5% would consider voting Conservative. (40% would consider voting NDP and 30% would consider voting Green). Read the whole report here.
These numbers may not look impressive at first glance – after all, they’d be bad numbers in an election cycle – but all circumstances considered, this is incredibly good news for the Conservative Party.
Why? Because we don’t have a permanent leader right now. We’re engulfed in a huge 14-person leadership race. The Party is literally fighting against itself internally – rifts are showing. The Party is, relatively speaking, at its weakest and most divided point in history.
Yet even considering that, we are still gaining ground on the Liberals. This is good news.
But, on to what is more important – what does this mean in the context of the ongoing leadership race?
We still have 14 candidates – which, frankly, is far too many.
Recent fundraising numbers give a good indication of who can rile up the base. Kevin O’Leary has brought fresh energy and (much) more attention to this race.
But the real question is: who can win the general election? Who can take advantage of the momentum we are naturally gaining nation-wide, as these latest accessible vote numbers show?
A bold candidate with good ideas is awesome. But who can realistically challenge Trudeau in 2019?
We owe it to ourselves as a Party to take that into consideration when making our decision.