Unlike the Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes did not benefit from the congressional district boom. As of 2007 census kaya, 232,757 lang an populasyon kan island-province.
For 2010 elections, there are four congressional candidates in Catanduanes and these are the following:
- SANCHEZ , MANUEL LUIS SANTELICES — Independent
- SARMIENTO, CESAR VERGARA — LP
- VERCELES, LEANDRO JR . BUENCONSEJO — Lakas-KAMPI CMD
- WONG, ARACELI BERNARDINO — NP
There are reports that it’s a take for Verceles but if the 2007 election results will be the basis, Wong will give him a hard time before winning the congressional race. The Verceleses’ political base is already on the decline though the clan can still rely on a solid base of 33,000. Above the figure is market votes. This means that in 2007, Leandro Jr. was only able to generate 13,700 market votes.
Leandro Jr.’s performance in generating the market votes is a bit inferior to Wong’s ability to court the undecided, swing and market voters. About 60% of Wong’s voters are non-hard core supporters which means that if she add extra effort, there is a likelihood that she’ll win the congressional race.
In 2007 congressional elections, Wong generated 45,690 votes while Verceles got 46,796 votes in gubernatorial elections. The voting population for the congressional and gubernatorial elections are the same considering that Catanduanes only has a lone congressional district.