Doug Ford named new Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader

Doug Ford is the new leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives.  

The announcement comes after a delay that lasted more than seven hours as party officials reviewed the results of the vote.

Ford becomes the leader of Ontario's official opposition and will lead the charge to unseat Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in an election that's just three months away.   

He defeated opponents Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen to secure the leadership.e

Ford replaces Patrick Brown as leader after he abruptly resigned in late January amid sexual misconduct allegations, which that he vehemently denies.   

Ford's coronation as party leader marks the culmination of a tumultuous six weeks in Tory circles that began late in the evening on Jan. 24.