Kanhangad is traditionally a Left bastion. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, CPIM candidate from Kasaragod Lok Sabha constituency P. Karunakaran had secured a lead of 7,715 votes over his nearest Congress rival T Siddique in the Kanhangad Assembly segment. In the 2015 local body election, the LDF improved its performance by establishing a thumping lead of 20,806 votes. The BJP has also become a force in the constituency by winning quite a few seats in the 2015 local bodies election. Sitting CPI MLA E. Chandrasekharan is once again in the fray on behalf of the LDF.
|Name of the Candidate||Party Name||Results|
|M P Raghavan||BDJS||21104|
|Muhammed Ali V V||IND||420|
|Raghavan B Poodamkallu||API||272|
|K U Krishnakumar||IND||186|
E. Chandrasekharan of the CPI is the sitting MLA of Kanhangad which he won in 2011 by trouncing his nearest Congress rival M C Jose by a margin of 12178 votes. In the maiden election to the seat in that year while 66640 votes were polled by E. Chandrasekharan, the Congress nominee secured 54462 votes and was followed by BJP’s Madikai Kammaran who got just 15543 votes.
Kanhangad is one of the seven assembly constituencies falling under the Kasaragod Lok Sabha constituency. Manjeswar, Kasaragod, Udma, Kalliassery, Trikkarpur and Payyannur are the other six assembly segments within the Kasaragod parliamentary constituency.
Located in the Kasaragod district, Kanhangad assembly constituency came into being in place of erstwhile Hosdurg in 2011 through the delimitation exercise.
In the 2011 assembly election to Kanhangad, the constituency had a total electorate of 178139. Out of the total electors, 83798 were males and 94341 were females.