The staggering revelations of the past two weeks have completely altered the dynamics for the 2014 election. Although Rob Ford’s camp may believe that 50 pounds and a two-week vacation are all that stand between Ford and re-election, the reality is that his lapses have opened up the race for notables like Oliva Chow, Karen Stintz and John Tory—all of whom have hinted at their interest in sporting the chain of office. Here, a look at seven would-be mayors, and their chances of winning.
ROB FORD, 44
Ford’s strategy of denials and silence almost saved him from a year of career-ending allegations, a mutinous council and a rabid press. Before Blair’s October press conference, his approval rating was at 49 per cent, and he even seemed like he had a chance. After this week’s densely embarrassing series of admissions and gaffes, it’s anyone’s guess.