Former premier Mike Harris also implored Elliott to concede defeat, telling the Star on Sunday that "it's time for everyone to put our party and our province first".
After a tumultuous and turning campaign, Doug Ford has been elected the new leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in Ontario, and will now lead the party in the coming election against Kathleen Wynne's Liberals.
Many political analysts had expected the Progressive Conservatives to win the next election after 15 years of Liberal party rule.
Two sources with direct knowledge told CBC News that Elliott initiated the meeting with Ford, signalling that she is accepting Ford's victory.
But Radnoff said in an email late Thursday that his client, listed on the notice of application as Christopher Arsenault, had not received a personal identification number allowing him to vote. "In a race this close, largely determined by geography, someone needs to stand up for these members", Elliott said in the statement. "And I look forward to offering my honest congratulations to our new Leader".
Romano had supported Elliott's campaign for leadership, calling her the best choice for Northern Ontario.
Ford, a one-term Toronto city councillor and businessman, is the brother of the late Rob Ford.
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Romano said it will take time, but he believes Doug Ford will disenfranchise himself from his brother.
"Christine is choosing not to challenge this", said a senior official on the Elliott campaign.
"We have to make sure we have incentives rather than tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend", he said of fostering business investment in the province during his visit to the Sault.
"I am disheartened. I am embarrassed by what is happening here tonight", said Klees, a Ford supporter, who lashed out at Elliott's camp for contesting the results. She also said thousands of party members were assigned to incorrect ridings during the voting process.
Lefton said a review was underway and told the crowd to leave the hall and go home since the venue was needed for another event.
"While there were challenges with our mail delivery, and some members were unable to participate fully in this election, the metrics are very strong: almost 70,000 members have verified their membership already, and well over 44,000 have already voted", the committee said.
Speakers earlier in the afternoon had urged party unity given all the tumult since Patrick Brown stepped down as leader just six weeks ago, after being accused of sexual improprieties involving young women.
During the upcoming provincial election, less than three months away, you won't be able to see a sea of red hats emblazoned with the words, "Make America Great Again", as President Trump saw again in Pennsylvania last night, because it will be a sea of blue hats, marked with the words, "Make Ontario Sane Again". Despite the energizing effect of any leadership race, and the extra burst of publicity, the real scrutiny is about to get infinitely more intense.