Oct 28, 2014

By Scott Walker

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John Tory will become the next mayor of Toronto on December 2nd.

John-Tory-FB-photoTory made up for a history of losses yesterday, including falling to David Miller in the 2003 mayoral race. He won the chain of office with 395,000 votes, 40% of the total tally.

Doug Ford was six percentage points behind with 330,000. And Olivia Chow came third with 227,000 ballots.

The results essentially mirrored a Mainstreet Technologies poll on the weekend.

The decision came at the end of a long and grueling campaign. Tory joked that he’d like to have had a few more debates, before launching into his acceptance speech. He acknowledged that the confrontations with his opponents were challenging, but he said, “It is time for the city to come together. It is time to unite as one city, and one Toronto.”

Tory faces a challenge in that respect. The vote broke down along regional lines. Ford took northern Etobicoke and Scarborough, while Tory took the rest of the city, except for a small pocket around Trinity-Spadina and Parkdale that voted for Chow.

Both opponents congratulated Tory on the win, although Ford’s supporters booed the winner lustily and made it hard for Ford to concede.

Tory becomes the first mayor in more than 100 years to be elected with no experience on City Council.

A record number of voters cast ballots yesterday. Sixty per cent of eligible voters went to the polls, ten percentage points higher than in 2010.

There’s a report that, when Premier Kathleen Wynne was told of the results in China, she said, “Hallelujah,” a reference to her often contentious relationship with the Fords.

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