Ontario PC race: Polls explore how voters view leadership hopefuls

The resignation of Patrick Brown as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and the campaign to replace him have shaken up politics in the province with just four months to go before the next election.

Three contestants have already declared their intention to run for the leadership: Caroline Mulroney, former PC MPP Christine Elliott (who is mounting her third bid for the party leadership) and former Toronto city councillor and mayoral candidate Doug Ford.

The political landscape in Ontario is competitive, but a series of polls conducted since Brown’s exit suggest the election remains the PCs’ to lose — and that one of the leadership candidates in the running could make that outcome more likely.