Brother of Rob Ford Elected to Lead Conservatives in Ontario

Doug Ford Wins Ontario Conservative Leadership After Challenge Overruled

For Elliott, 62, Saturday's result was yet another disappointment in her bid to lead the party.

William Coleman, a staunch Ford supporter, said he was angry at the party's handling of what should have been a turning point.

In other words, regardless of whether a riding has 100 or 1,000 members, a candidate who receives 40 per cent support from that riding gets 40 electoral votes.

Doug Ford nonetheless sparked controversies with his contentious remarks, which once saw him threatened with a defamation lawsuit by the city's then-police chief until he issued a public apology.

Northern Ontario party members living in ridings with fewer than 100 voting members, for example, will find that their ballots weigh many times as much as those cast by people living in some ridings in the Greater Toronto Area, where there are 5,000 or more eligible voters.

"If we're going to win the general election. stuff like this only makes things worse", he said. Elliott, a former PC MPP and deputy leader, finished a close second.

Meanwhile, Mulroney - the only leadership hopeful already declared a candidate in a riding - has presented herself as a fresh face, and Granic Allen has emphasized her ties to the party's grassroots.

Elliott, however, is disputing the results, which she alleges stemmed from "serious irregularities" in the vote, and has pledged to investigate further.

Continued below."As somebody who has been a member of this party since '74, has represented the legislature for 19 years, has been a cabinet minister, this moment in time is the most embarrassing moment of my life as a member of this party".

She vowed to investigate the extent of the discrepancy.

Going into Saturday, Elliott, a former member of the legislature who tried twice before to win the leadership, had appeared to be in a neck-and-neck race with Ford, a businessman and one-time Toronto city councillor.

"There is a review (of ballots) underway", PC leadership committee chair Hartley Lefton said around 7:30 p.m., addressing a crowd that had thinned as the afternoon dragged on.

At issue on Saturday with the Conservative contest are hundreds of disputed ballots that could swing certain ridings a different way depending upon how they are allocated.

"It just kept saying invalid, invalid, invalid, invalid", she recalled.

"My hope is that it'll be done very expeditiously and we can make a decision and say, yes Doug's the leader or no there's a change and again we unify and we turn all of our energy and efforts onto Kathleen Wynne and defeating her because that's what we should have been doing all the way along".

Christine Elliott attends the Ontario Progressive Conservative Leadership announcement in Markham, Ont. on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Both Elliott and Mulroney visited Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound ahead of the vote, which was triggered by the resignation of Brown in January.

An analysis by Deloitte as well as the Chief Electoral Officer found that statistically, the results would not change, and that Doug Ford would remain the victor.

All that means is, like the USA presidential hopefuls, candidates can win the popular vote but still lose when it comes to electoral vote, thereby losing the election.

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