Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak Tops First Round of Tory Leadership Vote for UK Prime Minister

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak topped the first round of voting for the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Sunak, who resigned from his government role last week in protest of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership, earned 88 votes on July 13.

Sunak told BBC that he felt “great” about the result.

Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt ranked second with 67 votes while Foreign Secretary Liz Truss placed third with 50 votes.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt were eliminated from the race after failing to gain the minimum threshold of 30 votes.

The remaining six candidates will face another round of voting on July 14. By the end of next week, only two candidates will remain, then Conservative Party members nationwide will decide which of the two they would want to become the next party leader and prime minister.

The result will be announced on Sept. 5.

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