Members of the party executive got booed by the crowd as they tell people to leave the hall without any result.
The Ontario PC Party leadership race has descended further into chaos and confusion.
Despite three credible sources telling journalist Mike Crawley that Doug Ford has won, the Ontario PC Party sent out their Chief Electoral Officer Hartley Lefton to say they can’t announce the results due to a dispute with the ridings some ballots are allocated in.
He said the issue would be resolved in the “short term,” but didn’t say what that time period was, and the crowd booed big time.
As you can imagine, this isn’t going over well, considering that they were already many hours behind.
The longer this goes on, the worse it looks for the Ontario PCs, as they missed their chance to get their announcement made in prime time.
Also, it will lead to many people wondering what is really happening behind the scenes, as Doug Ford – who connected strongly with the grassroots – was not the choice of the PC Party establishment, and it seems the establishment are reticent to announce that he won.
As @Jill_Colton said "are we seriously watching the establishment PC's try and hijack this election in real time?"
— Steeper33 (@Steeper33) March 10, 2018
That's exactly what's happening here Ford won now they are trying to figure out how to void him
— Dan Hud (@DanHud3) March 10, 2018
After all, if three sources can say that Ford has won, why isn’t the party announcing it?
And how could things be so disorganized, considering all the time they had to prepare?
The only way to get rid of those concerns is to get the results out to the people, and the longer things go without a resolution the more people will start asking some tough questions.
Unfortunately, that announcement will now be made by a press release – depriving the candidate of a chance to make their speech in front of the assembled party faithful.
Chaotic, confusing, and embarrassing.
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