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Poilievre’s camp says it sold subscriptions in every riding, hinting broad appeal – National


Pierre Poilievre’s camp claims to have sold out memberships in all 338 federal constituencies, hinting at wider appeal across the conservative base than the former cabinet minister might expect to draw.

The Poilievre campaign declined to give specific numbers, but said on Tuesday it had successfully sold out memberships — meaning voters eligible for the Conservative leadership race — in every federal riding nationwide.

That suggests Poilievre is tapping into a larger pool of support than many political observers had expected. The former cabinet minister, who has been an MP since the age of 25, was widely seen as having his support concentrated in the Conservative heartlands of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Some 46,000 people have responded positively to Poilievre’s events as the leadership contestant criss-crosses the country, according to Poilievre campaign spokeswoman Ginny Roth. The perceived favorite drew massive crowds for his stump speech, with the kind of energy reminiscent of Justin Trudeau’s 2013 takeover of the Liberal Party.

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Crowds and noise are one thing, though. It’s another to make sure Poilievre’s many enthusiasts vote for the leadership, with the winner due to be crowned on September 10.

Still, it gave Poilievre’s campaign a boost — at least in the media — that other campaigns lacked. A source close to Patrick Brown, the Brampton mayor widely seen as one of Poilievre’s main rivals, said their campaign has focused on selling memberships and has largely ignored coverage, for now. media.

But for Brown to win, a source close to the Poilievre campaign estimated he would need to sign up more than 100,000 new members – and get them to vote. The Brown campaign source said she knows how many new members she needs to win, but declined to share that number with Global News.

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For context, some 175,000 Tory MPs voted in the 2020 leadership race which saw Erin O’Toole replace Andrew Scheer.

Poilievre is seen as the favorite in a close race to replace Erin O’Toole, who was forced out after disappointing results in the 2021 election and a subsequent caucus rebellion.

Jean Charest, the former premier of Quebec and leader of the now-defunct federal Progressive Conservatives, is widely seen as his main competitor. Brown is known as a grinder in conservative circles, however, and multiple sources say he does between 10 and 20 events a day and works aggressively on the phone.

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Leslyn Lewis, resuming her role as social-conservative standard-bearer, should also do well in the leadership race, banking on the exceptional organization and motivation of the Socons.

Campaigns have until June 2 to register new members, and the next leader will be chosen on September 10.


Poilievre’s camp says it sold subscriptions in every riding, hinting broad appeal – National







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