Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak Tops in Third Round of Tory Leadership Vote

Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak topped the third round of voting in the Tory leadership race to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Sunak ranked first in the latest round on July 18 with 115 votes, the party announced.

Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt ranked second with 82 votes, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss ranked third with 71 votes, while former Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch ranked fourth with 58 votes.

Backbencher Tom Tugendhat dropped out of the race with 31 votes.

The candidates placed the same as in the second round, but some picked up votes while others lost some.

The remaining four candidates will head to another round of voting on July 19 until only two will remain on July 20.

Tory party members will decide the winner of the final two candidates, which will be announced on Sept. 5.


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