Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Christine Elliott ended her short resistance to the result of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership race on Sunday, abandoning any legal challenge and throwing her support behind newly elected leader Doug Ford.
Ms. Elliott’s campaign did not concede after the delayed announcement of Ford’s victory late on Saturday, citing “serious irregularities” in regards to a ballot issue.
In a press release posted on her Twitter account, Elliott said that after carrying out a review of the election she was “confident in the results.”
Despite having a “good case” in challenging results that were separated only by a reported few hundred votes, an Elliott campaign official told CBC earlier on Sunday that her team was “unanimous that this was the right way forward” in conceding to Mr. Ford.
“The name of the game is unifying the party.”
The official said that the only way to challenge the results would be to take the issue to court, an course of action that Elliot and her team did not want to do in what analysts say has already been a chaotic and dramatic few months for the PC Party ahead of the June election.
Elliott and Ford met on Sunday, where the second place candidate gave her support to the leadership race winner.
An official announcement from her campaign is expected soon.
More details to follow. Image of Doug Ford and Christine Elliott from