John Tory could beat Doug Ford in mayoral race: Poll

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Mayoral hopeful Doug Ford could well have reached his ‘Best Before’ date as a new poll suggests an easy win for incumbent Mayor John Tory whose lead could shrink if another progressive candidate enters the race, a new poll has found.

The Mainstreet Research poll found that Tory has the support of 66 per cent of decided voters compared to 34 per cent for Ford, in a scenario in which there are no other candidates.

The race, however, gets a lot tighter in the event that a third candidate enters the race.

The poll found that if left-of-centre city councillor Mike Layton were to run, Tory’s lead would shrink to nine points with the mayor having the support of 35 per cent of decided voters compared to 28 per cent for Ford and 26 per cent for Layton.

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In a one-on-one race with Ford, Tory would enjoy the support of 72 per cent of downtown residents and would even be competitive in the so-called heart of “Ford Nation” in Etobicoke, where he would have 44 per cent of the vote compared to 45 per cent for Ford.

With Layton in the race, Tory’s lead in the downtown would shrink to 43 per cent as Layton would grab 36 per cent of the vote in the core. Doug Ford would also benefit from a Layton candidacy in Etobicoke, where his lead over the mayor would increase by one point to 18 points.

The elections happen on October 22, 2018 but it will not be as exciting as when the late Rob Ford was in the thick of things, Doug Ford comes across as Ford Lite. -CINEWS

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