Valérie Plante’s bid for mayor gained momentum towards end of campaign

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WATCH ABOVE: Valérie Plante is declared the new mayor and first female mayor of Montreal, having garnered 51 per cent of the vote against incumbent Denis Coderre – Nov 5, 2017

Back in the summer, before the Montreal municipal election campaign officially began, Valérie Plante and her party, Projet Montréal, were trailing in the polls.

READ MORE: Montreal elections 2017: Live results across Greater Montreal

A Léger poll in June, commissioned by the official opposition party, showed that 43 per cent of voters intended to vote for incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre.

That changed by election day – with Plante taking home 51 per cent of the vote to Coderre’s 46 per cent in early results, and becoming Montreal’s first female mayor.

READ MORE: Valérie Plante elected first female mayor of Montreal

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Voters’ attitudes were turning by the last week of the campaign.

A Léger poll released Oct. 25 showed both candidates neck-and-neck, with a projected 38 per cent of the vote apiece.

READ MORE: New Léger poll shows dead-heat Montreal mayoral race

A few days later, on Oct. 30, a CROP poll commissioned by Radio-Canada gave Plante a slight edge – with 39 per cent to Coderre’s 37 per cent of the vote.

READ MORE: New CROP poll shows Plante and Coderre neck-and-neck as mayoral race draws to an end

Global News municipal politics analyst Karim Boulos said, at the time, this was partly due to a third prominent candidate, Jean Fortier, dropping out of the race and making it a two-way fight.

Boulos also believes that people weren’t necessarily supporting Plante, they were voting against Coderre.

“I honestly didn’t expect this,” he said.

“[Montrealers] don’t love or hate anybody, we go against the grain and this is a reflection of her rallying votes under one message: he’s not doing enough.”

Plante’s ultimate success was “about getting the vote out,” he said.

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“There’s always people who hate the mayor, but won’t get off their couch. This is a reflection of her getting her people to go out.”

WATCH BELOW: Projet Montréal’s Alex Norris says Valérie Plante’s win ‘a historic moment’

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Projet Montreal’s Alex Norris says Valerie Plante’s win ‘a historic moment’ – Nov 5, 2017