The race for whom will occupy 10 Downing Street has heated up on Wednesday as it has come down to the final two stage in the prime ministerial race. Rishi Sunak will face Liz Truss and the race promises to be close, according to many. Penny Mordaunt had to bow out of the challenge as she received the least number of votes from Parliamentary members of the Conservative Party. The closely fought race will soon be decided as one of the two is set to replace Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister of the U.K.
The final results of the three cornered race were as follows:
Rishi Sunak—137 votes
Liz Truss—113 votes
Penny Mordaunt—105 votes
The result of the final vote will depend on the Conservative Party members and is expected to be announced by September 5. Boris Johnson is expected to remain as the caretaker Prime Minister till the final winner is announced. The one who receives the most votes is expected to become the new Prime Minister of the U.K., early September.
The former finance minister Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss have a close contest ahead. Although Sunak is more popular among his parliamentary colleagues, he might not have an edge when it comes to the wider membership of the Tories. There are the 200,000 members who will decide through a postal ballot on whom will become the next prime minister of their nation.
In a Tuesday poll of Conservative Party members conducted by YouGov the results showed that Sunak lost to both Mordaunt and Truss in the final two-way round. Truss was ahead of Sunak by 54 to 35 while Mordaunt was ahead by 51 to 37.
Although Mordaunt is no longer in the race, it remains to be seen whether Rishi Sunak will prevail over the wider Tory party base or whether Truss will triumph with them, despite her colleague Sunak being a favorite among his party parliamentarians.