UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: February 22, 301 AP.
Kemp appointee wins Conservative chairmanship
The tide is turning in favour of the Conservative parliamentary opposition leader over
former President Hope in the race for the Conservative Presidential preselection.
The federal opposition leader and leader of the federal parliamentary Conservative
Party, Thomas Kemp, has won a crucial preliminary battle in the race for Conservative
preselection for the presidency, by getting his appointee to the Nystonia state party
commission Chairmanship approved, despite vigourous opposition from Hope-conservatives.
The appointment means that the Nystonia state party "machine" largely backs Kemp, rather
than Hope, and will likely allocate greater resources to the Kemp race, than his closest rival,
the former President-now-governor, Edward Hope.
"The Governor does largely hold a stranglehold over his own state, this is true", Mr
Kemp commented to reporters after the successful nomination, "but this victory shows that he
does not hold control over the rest of the country, and please remember that the election will
not be fought in Luka alone." Mr Kemp is well-known for his contempt of the young Governor,
despite serving eight months as a key member of the Hope cabinet. The two men are leaders of
the opposing, and only, factions within the Conservative Party: Governor Hope leading the
"Asherists", named after former state governor Charles Asher, who believe in small,
inobtrusive and fiscally-responsible government; and the "anti-Asherists" or "Durning faction",
those who support the populist, conservative but compassionate policies of Asher's predecessor,
Charles Durning, a faction lead by Mr Kemp.
The Nystonia Conservative Party represents those Conservative Party branches within the
state of Nystonia, and will be crucial in determining a successful party nomination. The
Conservative Party branches will vote according to the number of Conservative voters their
electorate represents, and 444,078 people voted Conservative in Nystonia (compared to over
three million nationally).
The Nystonia vote, however, may be muddied by the possible joining of the
Cruistian-Democrat and Conservative preselections, entering Nystonian state governor, Edward
Cryer, into the competition. If so, the CDP would add almost 700,000 voters (from the last
election) to the state's numbers, making the state even more prized, and Mr Kemp's victory
even more sweet - provided he can keep the CDP Governor to the sidelines. Governor Cryer has
already indicated he would run for Presidential preselection.
Almost one million conservative voters came from Utani B'yan, mostly near the capital,
where the Parliament is based, making them likely Kemp-supporters. Governor Hope is a very
popular governor, but must first convince the rest of the country he is worthy of their
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