The General Election battle for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk is not a two-horse race between sitting Lib Dem MP Michael Moore and his Tory rival John Lamont.
That is the view of Calum Kerr, one of three Borderers vying to be chosen as the SNP candidate for the seat on Thursday, May 7.
A deadline of February 4 has been set for online and postal votes from the 1,240 SNP supporters who were registered as party members before December 3 last year and are thus eligible to take part in the selection process.
Mr Kerr, from Cardrona in Peeblesshire, along with fellow hopefuls Ash Regan-Denham from Stow and Alex Wilson from Duns, set out their stall at the last of three hustings in Greenlaw. Similar meetings were held in Hawick and Galashiels.
Chaired by South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse, the gatherings attracted over 200 grassroots members from the region’s five branches.
“The meetings were lively and marked by a mixture of determination and optimism,” said Galashiels-born Mr Kerr, 42, who works as a telecommunications consultant.
“Messrs Moore and Lamont are keen to present the vote in May as a two-horse race, but everyone knows that this is not the case and that they are both running scared of the SNP. The SNP is a very different party from five years ago and is going to throw everything into this campaign.”
All three SNP hopefuls played leading roles in the abortive pro-independence campaign.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh-based public affairs consultant Kenryck Lloyd-Jones has been selected to contest the seat for the Scottish Labour Party.