October 19, 2016 10:13 am

Don Atchison leads in latest poll for Saskatoon mayor

Don Atchison is in the lead for Saskatoon mayor in the latest Mainstreet/Postmedia poll.

Brice Perkins / Global News

A new poll out Wednesday morning has Don Atchison in the lead for mayor in the upcoming Saskatoon civic election.

The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll gives Atchison 30 per cent of decided voters, up three percentage points from the last poll.

Kelley Moore is a close second at 28 per cent, up two points, and Charlie Clark is also up two percentage points to 21 per cent.

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Devon Hein has four per cent while 17 per cent of voters remain undecided.

David Valentin, executive vice-president at Mainstreet Research, said support is relatively soft among supporters for 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.

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He said support is relatively soft among Moore and Clark supporters and the final week will be critical for the campaigns.

“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,” Valentin said.

“Not only do they have a few more days to drive supporters to the advance polls, this is the last opportunity for the campaigns to deploy persuasion before shifting purely into turnout operations on election day.”

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Valentin added that Atchison has recaptured his initial base of support and may be able to succeed in being re-elected mayor.

Voters head to the polls on Oct. 26.

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