Rocco Rossi’s exit from the Toronto mayoral race puts pressure on Rob Ford to abandon his risk-averse campaign in the 10-day sprint to the finish, observers say.
“There’s no doubt now it’s a two-man fight, as George Smitherman has been saying,” said Nelson Wiseman, a U of T political scientist. “The question is if Rob Ford will continue his ‘peekaboo’ strategy or drop that. He needs some attention. He can’t be perceived as fading out.”
Rossi folded his campaign Wednesday after a poll pegged his support at four per cent of decided voters, compared to 31 per cent for Smitherman and 30 per cent for Ford. The poll revealed a two-man race coming down to “those who want to stop what Mr. Ford describes as the gravy train, and those who want to stop Mr. Ford,” Rossi said, urging voters to demand Ford and Smitherman offer them something “to vote for.”
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