Ontario Liberals to announce new leader; Crombie camp says first-ballot win possible

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The Ontario Liberals are set to announce their new party leader today, after a competitive race that has seen fundraising and membership swell.
    
Four candidates have been travelling the province to garner support in their bid to replace Steven Del Duca, who resigned last year after the 2022 provincial election produced a second dismal result in a row for the Liberals.
    
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie's team has been suggesting she may have enough votes to win on the first ballot.
    
She's up against Liberal MP and former provincial cabinet minister Yasir Naqvi, Liberal MP Nate Erskine-Smith and former Liberal MP and current provincial caucus member Ted Hsu.
    
Party members voted last weekend using ranked ballots, and staff are hand counting the thousands of votes this morning.
    
They plan to announce the first round results mid-afternoon.