The field remains crowded only by Bill Barry.
Senator Manning has bowed out; Derrick Dalley has done himself in.
"All Hale Premier Frank Coleman" , posted last week, spoke not only to the fact that Danny Williams has placed his velvet glove on Coleman’s shoulder. It confirmed that the whole Caucus is gazing west for signs of white smoke.
Only Steve Kent remains a potential contender from Cabinet; but, even he is just pretending.
On the outside Shawn Skinner and John Ottenheimer are still mulling it over. The price tag of running a credible campaign still daunts them; if Frank Coleman confirms his candidacy, both will fold.
According to insiders, they are emboldened because rumours abound Coleman is having second thoughts.