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Thursday, October 09, 2008

beyond the edmonton-strathcona buzz, the battle for edmonton-centre rages on.

With all the buzz going around about the battle between Linda Duncan and Rahim Jaffer in Edmonton-Strathcona, voters in the rest of Alberta must feel a little left out. Here's a look at what is arguably Alberta's only other competitive riding: Edmonton-Centre.

SEE Magazine has a great piece this week on the Edmonton-Centre race where similar to Edmonton-Strathcona, strategic voting will play an important roll in deciding who gets elected on October 14: consumer advocate and Liberal challenger Jim Wachowich or Conservative incumbent Laurie Hawn. Well-known for its close races, the last Edmonton-Centre race saw Hawn edge out former Liberal MP Anne McLellan in what ended up being the closest Alberta race of the 2006 election. But even though Edmonton-Centre has been competitive in the past, this riding risks falling into the same perennial vote-splitting category that Edmonton-Strathcona has found itself in the past -- with the Liberal/NDP/Green vote-split allowing for a Conservative to be narrowly elected with less than a majority of the votes.

With neither of the two main campaigns able to depend on the kind of name recognition that Anne McLellan could, it's not surprising that neither of them are taking anything for granted as they spar in a literal block-to-block ground war. This weekend, Wachowich's campaign is planning a major blitz of the riding with campaign volunteers door knocking in every neighbourhood in the riding in the push to October 14.

Having been endorsed by and positioned within striking distance according to DemocraticSPACE, it is clear that much like Linda Duncan in Edmonton-Strathcona, Jim Wachowich is the only candidate in the position to defeat the Conservative incumbent in this riding.


MrvnMouse said...

What? Edmonton-Spruce Grove isn't competitive either? ;)

Anonymous said...

I'd argue that the Edmonton-East race between Ray Martin and Douchebag Goldring is one to watch

SD said...

This one will likely come down to whomever works harder on the campaign trail and in that category it will be difficult to beat Laurie Hawn. I find the geographic split interesting as well. If you drive through the riding there is almost a line on 142 Street where the Liberal signs end and the Conservative take over.

It is clearly a two-candidate race as the NDP look to have abandoned most of their other campaigns to help try and buoy Duncan past Jaffer in Strathcona, but Centre has been that way for the previous two elections as well.

By the way... the endorsement sure was a shocker. I heard Jack Layton also endorsed Linda Duncan on Wednesday at City Hall, he must have read your blog!

Anonymous said...

Goldring is a douchebag, but I'm not expecting anything interesting to happen in Edmonton-East.

I think the results in Centre and Strathcona will be similar to one another. It'll depend just how much voters buy strategic and "not Conservative" voting.

Alberta Insider said...

I actually haven't seen or heard from Goldring's people yet... no leaflet, no phone calls, no door visits...

Very strange. Usually you at least get a pamphlet!

Anonymous said...

As a voter in the Edmonton-Centre riding, I have been incredibly disappointed with the amount of campaigning actually carried out by the candidates. I have received literature from only one candidate (Liberal), and to the best of my knowledge, no candidates have knocked on my door. So far no one has worked hard enough for my vote.