(DW.COM) – The race for Britain's next prime minister narrowed down to two candidates on Thursday, with former London Mayor Boris Johnson set to face off against Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Johnson, who previously also served as foreign secretary, garnered the most support from Conservative MPs in their fifth and final round of voting, coming in at 160 votes. Hunt came in second with 77 votes, narrowly edging out Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who got 75 votes. Home Secretary Sajid Javid was also eliminated from the race earlier on Thursday.
"I look forward to getting out across the UK and to set out my plan to deliver Brexit, unite our country, and create a brighter future for all of us," Johnson wrote on Twitter following the vote.
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Acknowledging the gap in support between himself and Johnson, Hunt tweeted: "I'm the underdog – but in politics, surprises happen, as they did today."