"On Sunday, Mr Khairy Jamaluddin - the son-in-law of retiring party president and Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi - received a severe setback. The Umno Youth division of Pekan nominated Mr Mukhriz Mahathir, son of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad, for Umno Youth chief - a post that has been a springboard to higher positions of leadership. Pekan is the stronghold of Deputy Premier and party No. 2 Najib Razak".
"Dr Khir now has 43 nominations, while Mr Khairy has 47.
Mr Mukhriz has a healthy lead - though it is one that has shrunk - with 66 nominations, but no one is taking things for granted".