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‘Underdog’ NDP in Outremont faces ‘hard battle’ to keep ex-leader’s seat: NDP analysts

By Samantha Wright Allen      

NDP candidate Julia Sánchez says she has a good campaign team in Montreal, and isn’t losing out on party resources focused on leader Jagmeet Singh's byelection race in B.C.

In Outremont, the Liberals have put forward two-time candidate Rachel Bendayan, left, against the NDP's Julia Sánchez, right, who observers say is the underdog in the two-party race. Photographs courtesy of Rachel Bendayan, file

The Quebec riding of Outremont is the Liberals’ to lose, with the NDP a “long shot” to keep former leader Tom Mulcair’s seat in the upcoming byelection, say NDP analysts, who call candidate Julia Sánchez a “star,” but still the clear underdog.

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