Judy Wasylycia-Leis leads the pack in the race to be Winnipeg's next mayor, according to a new poll released Friday.
The Probe Research poll, commissioned by the Winnipeg Free Press and CTV, shows Wasylycia-Leis has the support of 41 per cent of respondents.
"I am pleased to see there is some momentum," said Wasylycia-Leis. "People are really acknowledging the need to fix the city and fix city hall and believe in our vision for making a city that works."
That's slightly ahead of where she was when two polls were released last month, but there are some changes in the numbers.
This time around, Brian Bowman has pulled ahead as the second choice of potential voters, with 23 per cent. Gord Steeves sits at 16 per cent.
On Friday, Bowman said he was happy with the numbers.
“Absolutely I'm enthused,” said Bowman. “When I started I was at three per cent in the polls. Look where we are now.
“We are the clear alternative to Judy and I'm really encouraged, I think we're in a really good position as we continue to grow in the final weeks of the campaign.”
Last month, Bowman registered 13 per cent and Steeves garnered 12 per cent.
Steeves suggested that Bowman drop out of the race at that time to avoid splitting the vote, but Bowman declined.
“There are a lot of voices in Winnipeg that are asking him to just follow his own words and that's the decision that he'll have to make,” said Bowman.
“For me, I've got a job to do and it's to earn the trust and confidence of Winnipeggers, and that's what I'll be doing from now until election day.”
Steeves wouldn’t comment on the poll Friday. He cancelled his planned campaign announcement that day.
Another change observed in the most recent poll is in the number of decided voters. In August, 61 per cent of people said they already knew who they would vote for, while 77 per cent are decided now.
While Wasylycia-Leis said she was pleased with her numbers, she is also not taking anything for granted with more than two weeks left before the election.
"In every one of my 14 campaigns, you will probably appreciate, I have run like I have always been behind, because one never knows," said Wasylycia-Leis. "Politics is so volatile."
She added, "We've got three weeks to go, and I am going to have to work everyday, very hard, talking to people and letting them know my plan for building a city that works."
Left-leaning voter Philip Mikulec said despite the poll results, he still feels disappointed Wasylycia-Leis hasn't run a more aggressive campaign.
"I feel she has played a way too safe of a race," said Mikulec.
"I wish she would come up with some more cutting-edge ideas … more controversial, you know, really get people thinking. I really feel she's played a safe political game."
Probe Research polled 602 adults via telephone between Sept. 18 and Oct. 1. The margin of error on the poll results is plus or minus four per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Election day is Oct. 22.