UK LEADERSHIP CONTEST Boris leads race to replace May as UK PM

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Boris Johnson, who has pledged to deliver Brexit on October 31, edged closer to power, when he won by far the most support from UK Conservative Party lawmakers in the final round of the contest to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May.

In the fifth and final ballot of Conservative lawmakers, which eliminated Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Johnson was again way out in front: he won 160 out of 313 votes against Hunt’s 77. One ballot paper was rejected.

The United Kingdom could be heading towards a constitutional crisis over Brexit with many of the candidates, including Johnson, vying to succeed May are prepared to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal but parliament has indicated it will try to thwart such a scenario.

The final two candidates are put to a postal ballot of the wider Conservative Party membership, with the winner named as the new leader, the first membership hustings would take place on June 22.

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