Tory leadership candidates head back out on the campaign trail
(PC leadership candidate Gary Mar at the Fort McMurray debate.)
Tory leadership candidates are heading back out on the campaign trail.
Three of six advancing to a second ballot after an initial vote on Saturday.
Including early favourite Gary Mar, who scored victories in 52 of Alberta's 83 ridings. Mar spoke to Fort McMurray News Sunday, "I'm pretty excited, we knew that it was going to be very difficult to get 50 % plus 1 with six very good candidates, but to get 41 % was tremendous. Overall it was a very good day for us," said Mar.
Mar calls the low voter turnout disappointing but not surprising. Just over 59,000 votes were cast compared to the more than 97,000 in the 2006 leadership race.
207 card-carrying Conservatives voted in our riding of Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, 119 of them for Mar.
Mar will be joined on the second ballot by Alison Redford and Doug Horner, when a new PC leader, and Alberta premier will be elected on October 1.
Both Redford and Horner have yet to return calls from Fort McMurray News.