Belfast-Murray River promises tough rematch
Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Darlene Compton looks to unseat Liberal Charlie McGeoghegan
In the far southeastern corner of the province is a district where the election race could be indicative of what will happen across the province May 4.
Progressive Conservative Darlene Compton, who took a shot at the party leadership this year, is looking to take away the seat of Liberal Charlie McGeoghegan. This is a rematch of the 2011 election, when McGeoghegan won the seat over Compton by just eight votes.
Also running in the district are Alan Hicken for the NDP and Green candidate Jordan MacPhee.
But the talk is mostly about the McGeoghegan-Compton rematch, and Murray Harbour village councillor Wendy Siebrands told CBC News the outcome is too difficult to call.
"I don't think it's a walk away for anybody," said Siebrands.
"I think it will be a close race."
McGeoughegan said he's not worried. He believes that since the last election he has earned more support in the district.
"I've worked hard the last four years, and people recognize that," he said.
He added the local Liberal MP has been in a similar situation.
"You take Lawrence MacAulay. He had close races before and he pulled back from that," he said.
Compton said one big advantage for her this time is a higher profile. Apart from her party leadership campaign, she has been campaigning in the district for months.
"I don't think there's a door I've gone to that people don't know who I am," she said.
"I think that's important. They feel a little more like they have a connection."
Both candidates say they're hearing door-to-door that, more so than in the last election, the popularity of their leaders may help determine who wins Belfast Murray-River.
And both are confident their leader will help sway more votes in their favour.