The Pollcast: NDP leadership up for grabs — who wants it?

The NDP leadership race is off to a slow start, with big names like Nathan Cullen and Megan Leslie out of the running. So who else might try to succeed Tom Mulcair? Host Éric Grenier is joined by NDP insiders Sally Housser and Robin MacLachlan to break down the early days of the race.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by NDP insiders Sally Housser and Robin MacLachlan

Toronto MPP Cheri DiNovo declared herself an "unofficial candidate" for the leadership of the federal New Democrats, shunning the party's rules for entering the top contest, on Tuesday. (Mike Crawley/CBC)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst and ThreeHundredEight.com founder Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics and political polls.

Last week, B.C. MP Nathan Cullen ruled himself out for the leadership of the NDP. This week, Ontario MPP Cheri DiNovo threw her hat into the ring — "unofficially."

The race to replace Tom Mulcair as leader of the New Democrats is off to a rough start. Where does it go from here?

Cullen, who was seen as a potential front runner, was not the only high-profile New Democrat to turn down the job. Former Nova Scotia MP Megan Leslie, who was also considered a potential future leader, said she wasn't interested in the position shortly after Tom Mulcair lost a leadership review vote at the NDP's convention in April.

So far, DiNovo is the only candidate to express an interest in the leadership. But despite her campaign launch earlier this week, DiNovo says she has no intention of paying the party's $30,000 entrance fee, and so is not an official candidate.

A lot of time remains before party members cast a ballot — the vote will only be held in September or October 2017. It could be some time before better known candidates decide to take the plunge. But who might they be?

Joining host Éric Grenier to handicap the early days of the NDP leadership race are two party insiders, Robin MacLachlan, vice president at Summa Strategies, and Sally Housser, senior consultant at Navigator.

We take our first look at the race to replace Tom Mulcair with strategists Sally Housser and Robin MacLachlan.

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