With just over one week left to vote, the Conservative leadership race is nearing its conclusion, and the party has seen a massive voter turnout.
According to Yaroslav Baran, a party spokesman, over 326,000 Conservative Party members have cast their vote as of August 26 — and more continue to flood in. To put this massive voter turnout in perspective, the 2020 Conservative Party election (the year Erin O’Toole was elected) only saw 174,404 members cast votes.
The spokesman also revealed that the Conservative Party had shattered the record for total members, attracting 678,708 people as of July 29, which is nearly three times as many members as the party had during the 2020 leadership race and more than twice as many members as the Liberal Party had during their last leadership election in 2013 (nearly 300,000).
The Conservative Party says that there are over 300,000 members in Ontario alone and that membership doubled and every province and quadrupled in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.
According to a Leger poll earlier this month, 44% of Conservative voters favour Pierre Poilievre, making him the clear frontrunner. Similarly, an older Abacus poll from May had Conservatives favour Poilievre at 42%, Jean Charest at 26%, and Leslyn Lewis at 16%.
The deadline to vote is September 6, and the results of the Conservative election will be finalized on September 10.