03/31/2016 12:48 EDT | Updated 04/01/2017 05:12 EDT

Manitoba Election 2016: Tories Gain Support Ahead Of April Vote

Bad news for NDP and Liberal campaigns.


WINNIPEG — A new opinion poll suggests the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are solidifying their support in advance of the April 19 provincial election.

The poll by Mainstreet Research for the Postmedia network suggests the Tories had the support of 45 per cent of decided or leaning voters.

That was 21 points ahead of the Liberals and 22 points ahead of the NDP.

Manitoba NDP Leader Greg Selinger (left), Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari and Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister (right) are shown in these recent photos. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

In Winnipeg — home to 31 of the 57 legislature seats — the poll suggests Tory support grew in recent weeks to 40 per cent.

That was 13 points ahead of the NDP and 15 points ahead of the Liberals.

The random automated telephone survey of 1,860 respondents on Tuesday is considered accurate within plus-or-minus 2.27 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Mainstreet president Quito Maggi says the Tories have not made any major campaign mistakes so far, and are benefiting from a close race between the NDP and Liberals.

"Support is being split by the NDP and Liberals. It's the perfect storm," Maggi said Thursday in a written release.

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