Winning the weekend vs. Winning the race


Alice Funke reviews the detailed results of the NDP leadership vote.

Nathan Cullen narrowly won all of the real-time voting he appeared on during last weekend’s NDP leadership contest, but his rival Thomas Mulcair’s victory was already a foregone conclusion by the time the convention started, detailed vote breakdowns show.

Unfortunately for Cullen, the convention-day round-by-round voting never accounted for more than 17.5% of the total ballots counted, and he had too big a gap to catch Mulcair in the preferential ballots cast in advance.

Mr. Mulcair effectively had 28,683 votes before the weekend began, more than Brian Topp ended up with after weekend voting.


Winning the weekend vs. Winning the race

  1. Well this is awkward for the NDP, isn’t it? I wonder how many of those who’d voted early for Mulcair or Topp would have switched their votes once it became apparent that Cullen would have been a legitimate contender. Either way, it really calls into question weather the NDP got the leader the membership actually wanted.

    • Rick, how in the world does Mulcair’s convincing win, and the above tidbit about real-time voting being more or less tied, call into question whether they got the leader they wanted? 57% wanted him by my count.

      • Well, if you’d read Rick’s post in full, he says right there what he was getting at.  Did many early voters change their minds by the end of the first round when it was too late to do so?  Or, to say the same thing differently, was their ballot’s first choice the choice of their heart, or the choice of their best perceived strategic move?  Of course we will never know.  And we can be sure absolutely that 57% of NDP voters aren’t AGAINST Mulcair, which means a lot.