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It is a rough world out there for bloggers. Just ask Perez Hilton. But apparently people are reading and taking in on-line offerings. Some even lathering themselves into a fury of rage.

One of the most interesting bits of information I have picked up on the Ontario PC race, which end this weekend in case you were worried you'd miss it, is the focus some of the campaigns have had on blogs. Lord knows I have received some friendly abuse from fellow Hudak supporters for not writing more about his campaign in this place. Anecdotally it seems party supporters are paying some attention to the to-and-fro in cyber-space. It probably makes some sense that partisans, particularly the ones in the process of choosing a new leader, have an insatiable appetite for every twist, turn and opinion about a contest that due to a variety of circumstances has had little mainstream media attention.

Speaking of the mainstream media, in a number of quarters there is a sense that Christine Elliot is now the front-runner and win on Saturday. Credit to the Elliot campaign - they are good at the air war; generating a large amount of publicity unrelated to what actually is happening on the ground. While I am certainly less of a visitor than Michael Ignatieff when it comes to the strange world of Ontario provincial politics, my sense is that Team Hudak has a top-notch organization, with a good ground game and more than enough 1st and 2nd choice ballot support to win. Leadership races of this sort are won in the trenches not in the sky. We'll see soon enough.

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