Conservative campaigns weave tangled webs of allegations - 2020-05-07

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F99.png Conservative campaigns weave tangled webs of allegations May 7, 2020, Stephanie Levitz, National Observer

Erin O'Toole and Peter MacKay appear locked in a fight for frontrunner status, with Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan rounding out the slate.

Candidates have to do a delicate two-step dance to win the race: first, sign up new members whose votes they can count on. Then, convert others to rank them second on the preferential ballot the party uses.

For all four that means appealing to potential supporters beyond their bases, whether it is the social conservatives backing Lewis and Sloan or beyond the old "Red" Tories seen as aligned with MacKay and O'Toole.

The delicate dance to assemble a winning coalition has sometimes been a comedy of errors, exposing the tangled nature of conservative politics in Canada.

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