UPDATED: NDP leadership race results
Following the results of the first polls this morning, Thomas Muclair is leading the race to be the next leader of Canada’s official opposition party with 30 per cent of the membership’s support. At 10 a.m. this morning, NDP president Rebecca Blaikie announced that Muclair received 19,728 votes, followed by Brian Topp with 13,915 votes, Nathan Cullen with 10,671 votes and Peggy Nash with 8,363 votes.
Candidate Martin Singh, with only 5.8 per cent of the vote, had withdrawn from the race to support Mulcair. Paul Dewar also dropped out.
With just over five per cent of the vote, Niki Ashton had been removed from the ballot.
The second round of voting began at 11 a.m. Due to a surge of off-site voters, online voting was much slower than anticipated and the noon deadline was extended several times to officially end at 1:15 p.m.
Results from the second round of voting will be announced before 2 p.m. To be declared leader, a candidate must receive 51 per cent of the vote.