Elliott won locally
While Christine Elliott lost out to Doug Ford in the recent marathon Ontario PC Party leadership race, she was consistently the first choice of most area Tories.
Ms. Elliott garnered more votes than Mr. Ford in the ridings of Glengarry- Prescott- Russell (GPR) and Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry (SDSG).
But on a provincial level, Mr. Ford got enough electoral votes to succeed Patrick Brown, collecting on the third ballot 6,202 electoral votes compared to 6,049 for Ms. Elliott.
Caroline Mulroney was a distant third throughout the count.
Tanya Granic Allen actually fared better than Ms. Mulroney on the first ballot in GPR, getting 90 votes compared to 81 for the daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. However, Ms. Granic Allen was forced off the ballot because she had few province-wide electoral votes. In GPR on the first ballot, Ms. Elliott got 122, compared to 105 for Mr. Ford.
In the first round in SDSG, Ms. Elliott received 141 votes, Mr. Ford 102, Ms. Mulroney 65, and Ms. Granic Allen 39. In round 2, in GPR, the results were Doug Ford 174, Ms. Elliott 130, Ms. Mulroney 90. In SDSG, the second ballot numbers were Ms. Elliott 144, Mr. Ford 128, Ms. Mulroney 70. On the third ballot, in GPR, Ms. Elliott edged out Mr. Ford by a margin of 195-191. However, she had a more comfortable lead in SDSG, where she received 191 votes, compared to 140 for the eventual winner.