Ranked ballot, social conservative vote could be key in securing O'Toole's victory, strategists say - 2020-07-10

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F0.png Ranked ballot, social conservative vote could be key in securing O'Toole's victory, strategists say July 10, 2020, Rachel Emmanuel, iPolitics

Erin O'Toole's best chance at wining the Conservative leadership race is to secure enough second-ballot support from social conservatives to push him past frontrunner and former justice minister Peter MacKay, political strategists and experts say.

Melissa Caouette, vice president of government relations and business development at the Canadian Strategy Group and former Alberta Progressive Conservative staffer, said O'Toole, another former Harper-era cabinet minister, has been careful not to alienate social conservative voters, while MacKay's appeal to a broader base of Conservative voters might not pan out unless he can secure victory in the first ballot.

Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis has been gaining momentum in the race for third place, though is battling for the social conservative vote against Ontario MP Derrick Sloan.

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