After a tumultuous and turning campaign, multiple high-level sources have confirmed that Doug Ford did, in fact, win the vote and is now expected to speak directly after the announcement.
The results were originally intended to be announced at 3:30 eastern but were extended by over 3 hours as technical difficulties, a tight race between Doug and Christine, and the call to have a deep recount plagued the process.
DEVELOPING: Announcement of a new Ontario PC leader is delayed due to reported technical issues with the balloting, according to multiple sources. Over 64,000 votes cast before the Friday deadline #wmont
— CKNX News (@cknxnews) March 10, 2018
Update: Sources say the vote is extremely close, down to potentially less than 300 votes. Christine Elliot is asking for a recount and that is why the results have not been published live yet.
Update: We are now over 4 hours behind schedule, due to the extreme nature of the race a deep recount is occurring. It is likely that the party will not officially announce their official winner today.
Update: Roughly 1300 votes are contested by Christine Elliott’s team.
You can view the announcement here.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
Background: The current leadership race began when Patrick Brown the Simcoe North MPP resigned in January following allegations of sexual misconduct from two women. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing and served CTV News, which first published the allegations, with a notice of libel.
Changing Party Policies: All four candidates have pledged to scrap a proposed carbon tax that formed a key pillar of the party’s election platform under Brow.
Updated: It has been reported that according to the final ballot, Christine Elliott won 64 ridings and Doug Ford won 60. However, Doug Ford remains the winner of the leadership race.
— Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) March 11, 2018
Update: After the votes have been counted, and the ridings announced, Christine Elliot, announced that she will support Doug Ford as the leader, as CBC reports. The senior official on the Elliot campaign has said that they are firm on now uniting the party.