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This article was published 7/10/2008 (2915 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Well, it didn't take long to figure out who was out in front of the trend.Both Decima/Harris
reported poll results today that show significant tightening in the federal election campaign. This, almost five days after Nanos
first reported the split between the front-running Tories and second-place Liberals had shrunk considerably.Those who found yesterday's blog will remember that last Friday, Nanos shocked everyone with a poll that showed the Tories at 35 and the Libs at 30. That split has held firm now, with the most recent
Nanos results at 34-29.A Decima/Harris poll
for the Canadian Press released yesterday shows the Tories with 32, the Libs at 25 and the NDP not far behind at 21 per cent.Ekos is out today
with a poll that shows the Tories at 33, the Liberals at 26 and the NDP at 19 per cent.The pollsters are finding the largest spread now to be about seven points. That is down in one week from a high spread of 15 points. If your a Tory strategist, you're starting to reach for the parachutes.What happened? A series of dumb-ass blunders (the plagarism debacle chief among them) and a severe economic downturn, combined with the televised debates, seems to have dealt Harper a significant blow. All this makes the prime minister's decision to call an election now seem, well, questionable. How good is October 2009 looking for the Tories?-30-