POLL: Ford holds a slim lead over Elliot on PC Leadership race

A new poll suggests that had Patrick Brown remained in the race to lead the Progressive Conservatives in this province, he'd be the frontrunner.

NEWSTALK1010 has obtained a poll from Mainstreet Research, that Brown had a narrow lead over Christine Elliot and Doug Ford, at the time he withdrew from the race.

Without Brown, the numbers tilt in Doug Ford's favour.

The pollsters asked more than 17 thousand PC members, asking the respondants to rank their top  three choices.

When it comes to decided voters, Ford leads with 36.7%, while Elliott has 32.7% support. Caroline Mulroney follows with 20% and Tanya Granic Allen has the support of 10.6% of Conservative members.

But this race comes down to who wins the most ridings, and after a thousand simulations, Ford is still in front, winning 52.2% of simulations. Elliot took 47.8%. Mainstreet Research says all simulations had the vote go the full three ballots.

PC members have until March 5 to register to vote in the leadership race. Only 7000 are said to have registered as of yesterday.