Boris Johnson was the landslide winner in our express poll of online readers. Our poll has revealed the former Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson is the front-runner with 70 percent of the votes (3,416), leaving contenders Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt in second and third place. In a humiliating further blow to runners up Mr Raab and Mr Hunt, their votes of 20 percent (902) for the former Brexit Secretary and four percent (153) for the current Foreign Secretary are not even half of what Mr Johnson tallied when clubbed together.
Remainer Rory Stewart got three percent of the votes (144) in fourth place, while Sajid Javid got just one percent (60).
Embarrassingly, Matt Hancock and Michael Gove, who admitted to doing cocaine two decades ago in a blow that affected the Environment Secretary’s campaign launch, both scored zero percent, with 20 and 40 votes respectively.
In fact, the ‘don’t know’ option in our poll scored more than the pair with two percent of the votes (93).
Readers’ comments also reflected the result of the poll.
One said: “It’s Boris and NO Deal Brexit or Bust for the conservative Party, and they know it!”
Another participant said: “Farage is my first choice but I’ll settle for a Tory Brexiteer who will deliver a proper WTO Brexit on October 31st.”
Another added: “Boris or bust politically, or Corbyn and “bust” economically.”
Others simply demanded Brexit Party Nigel Farage take charge.
One commenter said: “I cannot vote in the poll, because Boris voted for Treason May’s Surrender Treaty on 29th March. So did all the others, and another Remainiac is totally out of the question (although they probably will choose Hunt).
“The Tories can go to hell for all I care now. Brexit Party all the way! Only Sir Nigel will do.”
Another said: “This poll is meaningless! Add Farage to the list and he would win hands down.”
Today it was announced seven contenders are left in the running with top Tory Boris Johnson storming ahead in the first ballot with 114 votes, taking him over the 105-vote threshold.
Following today’s boost for Mr Johnson, former Foreign Secretary and Brexiteer, by the Committee, the blonde played down the result, thanking his supporters but warning there is still “a long way to go”.
He said: “Thank you to my friends and colleagues in the Conservative and Unionist Party for your support.
“I am delighted to win the first ballot, but we have a long way to go.”In second place was Jeremy Hunt, followed by Michael Gove.
The Express.co.uk poll of 4,558 readers ran from 4.39pm to 8.39pm today.