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Federal election kicks off; Zimmer with Tories, Keller with Libertarians off to head start

The race to the Oct. 19 federal election has officially begun. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the start of the 78-day campaign this morning in Ottawa.
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So far, only incumbent Conservative MP Bob Zimmer (left) and Libertarian party candidate Todd Keller (right) have their names in for the vote in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.

The race to the Oct. 19 federal election has officially begun.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the start of the 78-day campaign this morning in Ottawa.

So far, incumbent Conservative MP Bob Zimmer is the only confirmed candidate from a major party in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, and has a $100-million headstart after a flurry of federal program spending announcements in the last week of July.

The NDP plan to hold a nomination meeting in the coming weeks. The Liberals have yet to name a candidate, while the Green Party has two hopefuls in the riding.

Mining and oil and gas worker Todd Keller has thrown his hat in with the Libertarians.

-- with files from Jonny Wakefield