POLLING DAY ANTICIPATIONS.
Wanganui, Waitotara, Egmont, Rangitikei, Manawatu.
[SfECIAI. TO THE " STAR."]
WANGANUI, Sbpt. 24.
All tho seats in this district are likely to be very keenly contested on Monday ; Wanganui itself being the least doubtful as to results, as Mr Ballance is certain to have a good majority; though Mr Carson's supporters express themselves sanguine that their man will not be beaten by more than 150.
The Waitotara seat is not by any means a certainty for Mr Bryce. On the contrary, Mr Hutcheson has promises of support that should put him at the head of the poll by a good majority. Mr Bryce's supporters are working vigorously, and Mr Bryce himself haß been twice over the greater portion of the electorate, a thing unknown before.
As to Egmont, my information leads me to expect a bare majority for Major Atkinson. Thia contest is being fought on local grounds, and much bitterness ha3 been imported with it. Mr M'Guire jumped a»vay with a lead which he maintained till the nomination day, when he foolishly used very unparliamentary language respecting the Catholic priest at Hawera, who had advised his people to vote for Major Atkinson. Thia has incensed many Catholics, and though Mr M'Guire has since apologised, he will be sure to have lost many votes by it, and these he could not afford to lose.
In Eangitikei the contest lies between Mr D. Bruce and Mr Stevens. Both sides "are confident of a majority, but as Mr Brace's votes are split by Mr Arkwright, there is a strong probability that Mr" Stevens will get in. As both stand on the Opposition ticket, the contest is almost a purely personal one.
With respect to Manawatu, I hear that Mr M f Arthur is Bure of victory.
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POLLING DAY ANTICIPATIONS., Star, Issue 6041, 24 September 1887
POLLING DAY ANTICIPATIONS. Star, Issue 6041, 24 September 1887
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