London mayor election: Race tightens as early votes show Sadiq Khan’s lead over Shaun Bailey narrows
THE race to be London’s Mayor tightened last night as early votes showed Sadiq Khan could be run close.
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The race to be London’s Mayor tightened last night as early votes showed Sadiq Khan could be run close[/caption]
As of 5.30pm yesterday Mr Khan held around 39 per cent of first-round votes counted while Mr Bailey had 37 per cent[/caption]
But both sides said early results showed the race was much closer than expected.
As of 5.30pm yesterday, Mr Khan held around 39 per cent of first-round votes counted while Mr Bailey had 37 per cent.
Tory sources said ballots were “neck and neck” in the half of the boroughs counted.
Bailey had done far better than his party did in 2016.
One insider said: “It’s closer than everyone thinks. Shaun will have beaten the polls by a fair whack.”
A London Labour source added: “We think it will be close. There is no chance of winning on the first round.”
Labour said Mr Khan was missing out because the system allows voters to pick a first and second preference.
The source said: “We’re seeing a big impact from a low turnout and voters thinking they can put a smaller party first preference and not influence the result.”
Mr Khan is still favourite to win with the result expected later today.
Speaking in Hartlepool, Boris Johnson said: ‘I don’t think people want much more constitutional wrangling’[/caption]
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