Toronto voters look elsewhere besides Ford

TORONTO (AP) — Voters in Toronto are sounding eager to move past the era of Rob Ford. In fact, many of them are apparently voting today with the goal of making sure that Ford’s brother, Doug, doesn’t win the election to succeed him as mayor.

Ford’s four-year tenure as mayor of Canada’s largest city was marred by his drinking problems and illegal drug use. He announced last month that he won’t be seeking re-election as he battles a rare and difficult form of cancer. His brother, a city councilor, is running in his place. But he is widely expected to lose to John Tory, the former chief executive of a cable company.

Analysts say Olivia Chow, a leftist candidate, seems to have lost momentum as people look to vote strategically to make sure Doug Ford doesn’t win.

One woman says that’s the reason she reluctantly voted for Tory. Another said she would almost consider moving if Ford wins.

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APPHOTO NY114: FILE – In a Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Toronto mayoral candidates Doug Ford, left, and John Tory shake hands during the final mayoral debate for the Toronto mayoral race in Toronto. Voters head to the polls Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 to elect a successor to Rob Ford, who announced last month that he would not seek re-election as he battles a rare and difficult form of cancer. Doug Ford is running in his place but is widely expected to lose to Tory. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File) (23 Oct 2014)

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APPHOTO NY115: FILE – In this July 9, 2014 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall to take part in a vote. Voters head to the polls Monday to elect a successor to Rob Ford, who announced in September that he would not seek re-election as he battles a rare and difficult form of cancer. His brother, city councilor Doug Ford, is running in his place but is widely expected to lose to John Tory, a wealthy, straight-laced moderate conservative who stands in contrast to the pugnacious, populist Ford brothers. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File) (18 Sep 2014)

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