October 03, 2017

Poll puts Bill Smith ahead in Calgary Mayoral race but here’s what could stop underdog’s victory

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

If the latest polling on the Mayoral race is any indication, it looks like the people of Calgary want change

Not so long ago, Mayor Nenshi enjoyed favourable approval ratings, even being voted Best Mayor in the World at one point!

But today he sits nine points behind mayoral candidate and relative unknown, Bill Smith.

Is Nenshi in trouble? Perhaps his missteps are catching up with him but there is still one thing in Bill Smith’s way, and that is Ward 10 Councillor Andre Chabot’s campaign.

Chabot is polling in third place with seven per cent support. His chances of winning aren’t close but that level of support isn’t far off from Smith’s nine point lead.

This means Chabot’s supporters could swing this race by siphoning voters from Smith when it appears he has a real chance of winning the election and beating Nenshi.

Chabot and Smith share common goals with platforms focussed on fiscal responsibility, but there’s no sense running two candidates with similar mandates if one ends up becoming an an obstruction to the desired outcome for both.

So how will this end? Will this race become a battle to the bitter end that will result in handing the reins over to Mayor Nenshi for a third time, or will the underdog prevail?

Stay tuned!

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commented 2017-10-03 23:50:14 -0400
That is definitely enough of that arrogant little smurf. I hope the vote isn’t ruined by a split , Calgary could use a break.
commented 2017-10-03 22:04:33 -0400
Hi Holly. Starting with a summary of failures was a nice touch.
commented 2017-10-03 21:47:08 -0400
Chabo Chabo , you gotta go
We had enough of the intensional Alberta destroyers
commented 2017-10-03 20:41:35 -0400
Interesting but who can we get to rid edmonton of Iveson?
commented 2017-10-03 18:49:50 -0400
I was ready to vote for Andre Chabot before he even announced his decision to run for mayor and I am not about to change my mind because of an opinion poll. Strategic voting is a fool’s game and I’m not playing. Look what all those strategic voters gave us on May 5, 2015. ‘Nuff said.
There’s only one poll that counts and that’s the one on October 16. The rest are nothing more than annoying distractions.
commented 2017-10-03 18:38:00 -0400
Thanks for the election update, Ms. Nicholas. As a born and raised Calgarian I appreciate it.

Also, goes to my post back in January. This is the province’s midterm election. Hopefully Calgarians get out and remove a Notley ally. Sadly it looks like Redmonton is retaining Ivison, to be expected.
commented 2017-10-03 17:30:11 -0400
I think whoever does these polls is taking them somewhere out side Calgary – everyone I speak to on the mayor’s race is voting for Smith and I suspect his lead is far greater than 9 points. Smith isn’t Ralph, but he’s close enough and Calgarians that remember the Ralph years long for that fiscal stability and low tax rate again