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|Kramer in Poll Surge
- Lib Dem candidate gains most as Ken slips back
SUSAN KRAMER is eyeing a run-off with Ken Livingstone in the London mayoral elections after doubling her ICM poll rating over the past month.
The Liberal Democrat, a virtual unknown before winning her party's nomination, is still way behind Livingstone but she is within a few points of the two other main candidates, Labour's Frank Dobson and Tory Steve Norris.
Livingstone has seen his support drop by 12 points to 49 but still enjoys a commanding lead over his rivals. Nevertheless, by slipping below the 50 per cent mark, under the preference voting system, Livingstone is now likely to be involved in a run-off against one of the other three main candidates.
With Dobson dropping one point to 15 per cent over the last four weeks and Norris only managing to add a few percentage points to edge into second place on 16, if Kramer's dramatic rise were to continue, the former banker would be the one to go head-to-head with Livingstone.
Kramer shares similar, and popular, policies on the Underground with Livingstone but is unencumbered by the former GLC leader's left-wing image which some see as his his Achilles heel.