TORONTO — It's down to a final-ballot duel between Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer to determine the next leader of the federal Conservative party.
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After a lengthy winnowing of the field of 13 candidates, the 12th-ballot results eliminated likeable Ontario MP Erin O'Toole with 21.26 per cent of the points, leaving Bernier in first place with 40.38 per cent and Scheer a very close second place with 38.36 per cent.
Bernier's nerves were on full display throughout the evening as a long, drawn-out balloting process slowly winnowed the field of 13 candidates to a final contender.
Officials say 132,000 ballots — the party has some 259,000 eligible members — had been received by the Friday deadline for mail-in ballots.
Candidates were scored not by votes, but by points: every riding in the country was allocated 100 points, and each candidate received a number of points depending on their share of votes in that riding.