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Sunday, 24 February 2019 07:15 pm

Mark says he has “blown it wide open” with his late entry

QUICK IMPACT: Ron Mark running for the NZ First Wairarapa seat.

WAIRARAPA’S New Zealand First electorate candidate Ron Mark is “comfortable” with the 11% he recorded in this week’s phone poll of voters.

Mr Mark (right) is in third place behind National (34%) and Labour (20%), and ahead of Greens (3%).

He says he is “very happy” with the rapid progress of his campaign in a short space of time.

“The National and Labour candidates have been campaigning for six months. I’ve been campaigning for 10 days.

“With such a large portion undecided [29%], I think me coming into the fold has blown it wide open.”

The survey was carried out on Monday by Whitireia Journalism students, with more than 400 people in the Wairarapa region questioned.

Mr Mark says he does not take the poll in isolation. He also factors in the feedback he has received in person and from social media.

“A lot of people will vote for their preferred electorate, but stick with the party they’re more comfortable with.”

He says he is interested to see what the trend is one week before the elections.

The politician – who is also Mayor of Carterton – believes he has the edge over his opponents because he is born and bred in Wairarapa.

“I live in the community, I know about farming, I understand the people’s needs.

“If they’re betting people, bet on me. I’m their best advocate.”

Mr Mark says his track record as a former MP speaks for itself.

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