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Atchison leading in most recent mayoral poll
Don Atchison, Charlie Clark and Kelley Moore
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00AM CST
Don Atchison is once again leading in Saskatoon’s mayoral race.
Mainstreet/Postmedia’s latest poll, released Wednesday, puts support for Atchison at 30 per cent — two points ahead of Kelley Moore’s 28 per cent and nine above Charlie Clark’s 21 per cent.
“With the race coming to a close it looks like Don Atchison is the favourite at the moment,” Mainstreet Research executive vice-president David Valentin said in a media release.
Atchison’s support rose three percentage points from the last poll, while Moore went up one per cent and Clark bumped up two.
Moore and Atchison have both led in recent polls and the two were tied in last week’s polling, but according to Valentin, the final days of debate will be most critical for candidates Moore and Clark.
“Right now the anti-Atchison vote is fractured, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for one candidate to consolidate support,” Valentin said.
“Support is relatively soft among supporters for Kelley Moore and Charlie Clark, so now it will come down to whether one of the two of them can really make an impression at the final debate and the closing days of the campaign.”
Fourth candidate Devon Hein saw his support fall one per cent in the most recent poll. He now sits with four per cent support.
The poll, conducted Monday, surveyed 853 Saskatoon residents over landlines and cellphones and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.36 per cent, 19 times out of 20.