Doug Ford leverages his Toronto popularity to win the Ontario Tory leadership in the third round
The final ballot results of the Ontario PC leadership race show that Doug Ford won on points thanks to strong performances in the Greater Toronto Area, but that Christine Elliott won both the popular vote and the narrow majority of Ontario’s 124 ridings.
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The Ontario PCs announced in a hastily organized late night news conference on Saturday — after their leadership event ended without a result — that Ford won the party’s leadership with 50.6 per cent of electoral votes. Elliott, with 49.4 per cent of electoral votes, came up short for the third time after two previous failed PC leadership bids.
But according to a copy of the final ballot results obtained by CBC News, Elliott had more individual members behind her by the final ballot.
Following the elimination of Tanya Granic Allen and Caroline Mulroney after the first and second rounds of the preferential ballot, Elliott had 32,202 votes to 30,041 votes for Ford, giving her an edge in the popular vote of 51.7 per cent to 48.3 per cent for Ford.
Elliott also had more votes in 64 ridings, with Ford having the edge in the other 60.
But the PC leadership was not decided by either the popular vote or the number of ridings supporting a candidate. Instead, it came down to points (what the party called electoral votes).
Winning where it counts
Each riding in the province was worth 100 points, except for three in Northern Ontario where fewer than 100 members cast a ballot. Candidates were awarded points equal to their share of the vote in each riding.
For example, Ford won 407 of the 471 votes cast in Etobicoke North, the riding in which he will run in the June provincial election, giving him 86.4 per cent of the vote. Those 407 votes were worth 86.4 points to him.
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