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Rory Stewart eliminated from the Conservative leadership contest

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LONDON — Rory Stewart has been eliminated from the race to replace Theresa May as prime minister.

He received fewer votes than all of his rivals in a secret ballot on Wednesday afternoon.

Stewart started the race as a little-known outsider and was not seen as a leading candidate in the race.

However, the MP for Penrith and the Border became an unlikely threat to the frontrunners, impressing both Conservative MPs and the British public with his strategy of traveling around the country and speaking to people.

The result means that Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, and Sajid Javid make up the final four in the contest to become Conservative party leader and the prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab was dumped out of the contest on Tuesday.

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