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STEVE Ashton's leadership campaign claimed a big prize Saturday night, winning 128 of the 138 delegates in the Maples constituency meeting.
Ashton's win tightened the race with front-runner Greg Selinger, who led the delegate count by 180 going into the meeting.
The 138 delegates up for grabs in the Maples, the NDP's largest constituency, was the most available in any single delegate selection meeting.
The party is holding a leadership convention Oct. 17 to replace Gary Doer.
Delegate selection wraps up this week. There are eight constituency meetings today, and another three by Thursday.
Controversy dogged the meeting at Ecole Leila North Community School, when nine Ashton supporters were refused entry into the meeting room after the voting began.
According to party rules, the doors to the meeting room are locked when the voting begins.
The Ashton camp cried foul, claiming the meeting dragged on so long that the nine registered voters had to leave the school to look after their families.
Ashton spokesman Sel Bellows said the nine returned shortly after the voting began.
"They wouldn't let them in," Bellows said.
Party organizers had agreed to alter the rules if both camps agreed but the Selinger side said no.
Bellows said similar situations developed at other constituency meetings and the leadership camps agreed to waive those strict no-entry rules. However, he said that as the campaign heads into the final stretch the Selinger camp is becoming unreasonable.
The meeting began shortly after noon with speeches, followed by a laborious process in which delegate candidates had to be registered and then ballots printed. Voting began shortly after 4 p.m.
NDP president Lorraine Sigurdson said there were 1,380 eligible party members for the vote but there were between 650 and 700 members who actually registered to vote.
Sigurdson said the voting process was changed for the Maples meeting, where members could vote in private or at their seat.
Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.