Rishi Sunak wins first round of voting in UK leadership contest, may become UK’s PM  

British finance minister Rishi Sunak won the most votes in the first round of voting to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister, as two candidates were eliminated.

Sunak received 88 votes, beating out junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt (67) and foreign secretary Liz Truss (50). Former cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt and finance minister Nadhim Zahawi were dismissed.

Suella Braverman earned 32 votes, Tom Tugendhat received 37, and legislator Kemi Badenoch received 40.

On Thursday, voters will cast one more ballot for those who are still in the contest.

Around 160,000 Tory members will then choose which candidate they want to be the next party leader and prime minister once the field has been reduced to two by the end of next week.

On September 5th, the outcome will be declared.