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By Brett Bundale/Telegraph-Journal

A new poll suggests an increasingly tight race for the legislature with the Conservatives slightly ahead of the Liberals.

The Abacus Data Poll shows the Tories with 35 per cent of voter support and the Grits with 32 per cent.

The three-point lead is a statistical tie, as it falls within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

“It’s a close race,” Abacus CEO David Coletto said. “The Tories are leading, but the Liberals aren’t out of the race yet.”

The survey is based on telephone interviews conducted from Sept. 17 to 19 with 749 eligible New Brunswick voters.

The New Democrats hold nine per cent of voter support, the Green Party five per cent and the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick two per cent. The poll indicates 17 per cent of respondents said they were still undecided.

“It’s hard to say whether five days of campaigning can change anything, but with 17 per cent of voters undecided there are people who still can be swayed,” Coletto said.

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