VIDEOS: Wynne Gets Endorsements From Kennedy & Sousa Ahead of 3rd Ballot
Former cabinet minister Kathleen Wynne appears poised to win the Ontario Liberal leadership race and become the province's
Third-place finisher Gerrard Kennedy joined fourth-place finisher Charles Sousa to endorse Wynne moments after the results of the second ballot was released.
While Sousa and Kennedy have both endorsed Wynne, Kennedy has however freed his supporters to vote as they wish on the third ballot.
If Wynne gets all those delegates, it would put her over the top with more than 50 per cent of the vote.
Sandra Pupatello led the second ballot with 817 votes while Wynne came second with 750 votes.
Former government services minister Harinder Takhar, gave Pupatello a major boost after the 1st ballot by bowing out of the race to throw his support to her. However, because he was late in taking his name off the ballot, he ended up coming in last with 18 votes.
Pupatello and Wynne were in a virtual tie for the lead after the first ballot with just two votes separating them.
Eric Hoskins who finished last with only 150 votes after the first ballot threw his support behind Kathleen Wynne after being automatically dropped from the race.
When asked if he was offered anything from Wynne in exchange for his endorsement, Hoskins said no.
"For me and this might sound a little idealistic, my whole life has been about public service, and just trying to find ways that I can contribute to the public good and if I can incremently sort of increase that impact year by year. So with Kathleen I have no doubt that she'll give me the opportunity to continue to contribute to this great province in whatever fashion that might be," says Hoskins.
Kennedy finished 3rd with 285 votes after the second ballot, while Sousa finished 4th spot with 203.