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Ignatieff holds lead after second ballot; Dryden joins Rae's corner

[PoliticsWatch updated 12:07 p.m. December 2, 2006]

OTTAWA  —  Michael Ignatieff is hanging on to his lead in the Liberal leadership convention after the second ballot, but Bob Rae is creeping up. 

Ken Dryden fell off the ballot and joined the Bob Rae campaign, giving Rae more momentum again. 

Second ballot results

Michael Ignatieff: 1,481 votes, 31.6 per cent 
Bob Rae: 1,132 votes, 24.1 per cent 
Stephane Dion: 974 votes, 20.8  per cent 
Gerard Kennedy: 884 votes, 18.8 per cent 
Ken Dryden: 219 votes, 4.7 per cent

But the biggest buzz on the convention floor this morning is about a possible alliance between the Gerard Kennedy and Stephane Dion camps. 

CTV News reported that Kennedy had agreed to join Dion's team after the second ballot. 

Shortly before the second ballot was announced, Kennedy and Dion met on the middle of the convention floor to hug and shake hands, prompting speculation of a deal happening. 

But Kennedy quickly doused the speculation. 

"There's no such arrangement," said Kennedy. 

"We're both on the ballot, we're both intending to continue. I would advise no one to draw any conclusions. I certainly intend to stay in the race and win."

Not to be outdone, Rae and Ignatieff also held a brief meeting on the convention floor before the second ballot results were announced. 

"I just said to him that friendship matters more than politics," Ignatieff told reporters after the meeting. "And we also said that we would work together in the next election."

PoliticsWatch's insider in the Ignatieff camp says the campaign is worried and the next 20 minutes will be critical. 

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