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And it's down to the wire in 
the home stretch.

Capt. Paul is pulling ahead of Even Stephen with less than a week to go in the race. 

OTTAWA - Can Paul Martin and the Liberals hang on? 

With less than a week to go in the campaign, the Liberals head into the home stretch of the federal election with a bit of momentum in the polls. The latest Ipsos-Reid poll had the Liberals six points ahead of the Conservatives, with 34 per cent support compared to 28 per cent. 

Whatever happens in the next few days, it appears a minority Liberal or Conservative government looks like the likely outcome. 

Even though they are ahead in the polls, the Liberal campaign has been a near disaster. One Ontario MP called the campaign a "comedy of errors" and many are reportedly grumbling to whoever will listen about why the prime minister called an election when there was so much residual anger from the sponsorship scandal and the Ontario Liberal budget. A Conservative minority could mean the end of Paul Martin's brief reign as Liberal leader as the Toronto Star reported this week that "the knives will be out" if Stephen Harper becomes PM. 

Even if they do not win the election, the Conservatives still appear to be on their way to a successful campaign, with the party appearing to be making major gains in Ontario. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper appeared nearly unflappable for two weeks during the campaign when he faced daily questions about the party's position on abortion and gay marriage. However, he appeared unable in the past week to shake off the prime minister's efforts to make the election about former Ontario premier Mike Harris, former prime minister Brian Mulroney and Alberta Premier Ralph Klein.

With no chance of winning the election, NDP Leader Jack Layton is now urging voters leaning towards the NDP to make sure his party will play a "central role" in the next Parliament by denying the Liberals a majority. Layton's strategy may be working as his party is holding on to about 20 per cent of the electorate, despite efforts by the Liberals to have soft NDP support vote Liberal in a strategic effort to block Harper and the Conservatives.  

Meanwhile, the Bloc is cruising along the campaign trail in Quebec, with a campaign powered by Adscam resentment across La Belle Province. Bloc support is over 50 per cent in many polls. Reporters on the Bloc campaign bus call the relaxed campaign Club Bloc. Things have never been better for Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe, who won the French-language debate and arguably was the strongest performer in the English-language debate. And after the election, Duceppe could play his greatest role yet -- king maker for a minority government.  

The prime minister is describing the last two weeks of the campaign as the "fight of our lives." It may be the fight of Paul Martin's political life and his legacy. A Conservative minority could make Martin's six months at the top a footnote in history, much like the "summer jobs" of John Turner and Kim Campbell. And it appears that the final week of the election will come down to this question: Will Ontarians show up in droves to vote Liberal as they have in the past three federal elections or will they vote for change?  

:: PoliticsWatch Election Archive

> Campaign Nuggets: McLellan backs elected Senate (June 21)
> What a Harper cabinet might look like (June 18)
> Campaign Nuggets: Leaders rock the vote (June 17)

> Martin sandwiched by wedge issue (June 16)

> Campaign Nuggets: Checking the Reality Check (June 16)
> Duceppe wins French debate (June 15)
> A debate blow-by-blow from the party war rooms (June 15)
> Pressure on Martin in debates (June 14)
> Campaign Nuggets: Martin's Mulroney comments (June 14)
> Campaign Nuggets: Layton borrows from Bush (June 11)
> Harper crowd jeers Press Gallery (June 10)
> Campaign Nuggets: Chretien voting Liberal (June 10)
> PM's notwithstanding comments (June 9)
> Campaign Nuggets: NDP feature Bush (June 9)
> Tory platform demands better and $58B  (June 5)

> Liberal platform looks to move Canada forward (June 3)
> Harper's Bay Street Bargain (June 2)

> Martin blames Liberal "incidents" for drop in polls (June 1)

> Layton puts homeless on front pages (May 28)

> Terror on the campaign trail (May 27)

> NDP Leaves Grits, Tories behind with platform (May 26)

> Networks take to the road for campaign 2004 (May 21)

> Liberals attack Harper's math (May 21)
> NDP avoids mudslinging in new TV ad (May 20)
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> Grits go negative, Tories respond (May 19)
> View the Liberal ads and the "Harper said" site
> View the "Team Martin said" site 
> I need Quebec: PM (May 14)
> Liberal ministers hawkish on Iraq once upon a time (May 14)
> Grits go negative on NDP and Bloc (May 13)
> PM attacks "vile" Liberal polling practice (May 12)
> John Turner backing Harper (May 7)
> No attack ads here, say Liberals (May 5)
> The Joe Who Factor (April 30)
> PM recycles military spending plans (April 14)
> A question of timing (April 12)
> Martin says his Grits are different (March 3)
> Layton stars in new NDP TV ads (Feb. 26)
> Liberal MPs ready to go to the polls (Feb. 25)
> Martin lampooned in new Tory ads (Feb. 24)
> Listen to the Conservative radio ads
> Opposition says bring on election (Feb. 23)

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