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More than 269,400 Conservative party members eligible to vote in leadership race

Conservative leadership candidates hold English debate
Following the second debate between the four Conservative leadership hopefuls, Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole remain the front runners. David Akin looks at the major moments from the first English-language debate.

The national Conservative party says it has 269,469 members eligible to vote in the current leadership race.

About 100,000 of those memberships were purchased since the start of the year, when the contest to replace current leader Andrew Scheer officially began.

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The party released the figures today and says it is the largest membership in party history.

Conservative leadership candidates hold English debate
Conservative leadership candidates hold English debate

Tories say the largest growth in membership has come in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta.

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Conservatives use a points system to elect a leader — each riding gets 100 points, and how many points a candidate receives depends on his or her share of the vote in the riding.

Voting is currently underway by mail and a new leader is to be announced in late August.