June 13, 2019 / 12:43 PM / 2 months ago

UK PM candidate Johnson wins by far the most support in first round of voting

PM hopeful Boris Johnson leaves his home in London, Britain, June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Boris Johnson, who has pledged to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31, edged closer to power on Thursday when he won by far the most support from Conservative Party lawmakers in the first round of the contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.

Johnson got 114 votes, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in second place on 43 votes and environment minister Michael Gove third with 37 votes.

Three candidates — Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper — were eliminated after they failed to receive the required minimum of 17 votes.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, William James, Kylie MacLellan and Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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