Kathleen Wynne poised to be next Premier of Ontario
Katheen Wynne is poised to make history as Ontario's first female Premier.
The former cabinet minister has been in a tight race with Sandra Pupatello for most of the day but pulled ahead after the second ballot when third-place finisher Gerard Kennedy, along with fourth place finisher Chares Sousa both endorsed Wynne. Kennedy, however, has freed his supporters to vote as they wish on the third ballot.
If Wynne gets all those delegates, it would put her over the top with more than 50 per cent of the vote.
Pupatello had been in first place after the second ballot. She did not run in the 2011 election and would need to win in a by election to get a seat in the legislature.
Former government services minister Harinder Takhar, gave Pupatello a major boost after the 1st ballot by bowing out of the race to throw his support to her. However, because he was late in taking his name off the ballot, he ended up coming in last with 18 votes.
Eric Hoskins who finished last with only 150 votes after the first ballot threw his support behind Kathleen Wynne after being automatically dropped from the race