October 25, 2017 5:37 pm
Updated: October 25, 2017 5:42 pm

New Léger poll shows dead-heat Montreal mayoral race

WATCH: A Leger poll commissioned by Projet Montréal has found Montreal mayoral candidate Valérie Plante is neck and neck with incumbent Denis Coderre for the city’s top job. Global's Billy Shields reports.

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A new poll from Léger Marketing puts both Valérie Plante and Denis Coderre as hypothetically getting some 38 per cent of the vote.

Significantly, about 21 per cent of voters are currently listed as undecided.

Also significantly, the Anglophone vote may be in play as the election campaign heads into its last two weeks.

According to Karim Boulos, one of the battlegrounds of this mayoral race will be the borough of Cote-des-Neiges/NDG, which already has councillors from a wide gamut of political spectra and diverse demographic groups.

Anglophones, Francophones “and cultural communities come together,” he said.

Some voters Global News spoke with also indicated that campaign issues seemed to favour Plante’s platform, stressing public transit and improved bike paths.

But Boulos mainly credited the tightening race to a much simpler fact: it’s now a two-way mayoral race since former candidate Jean Fortier bowed out last week.

His support likely seeped over to Plante’s camp after he stepped down, Boulos said.

Speaking to TVA, both candidates responded to the results, with Plante saying it was “exciting” and Coderre saying he was not willing to run a “Plateau-style” campaign.

Bike paths and the proposed Pink Metro line are issues voters have before them this mayoral election.

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Boulos said it is far too early to handicap what the results would be in the election.

“I wouldn’t say Coderre is in trouble just yet,” Boulos said.

Montrealers are set to vote Nov. 5.

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