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Toronto’s Rob Ford in the Hospital, and Ahead in the Polls

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's scandalous past and mystery illness aren't hurting his standings in the polls. Ford, who abandoned his bid for re-election after doctors found an unspecified tumor in his gut, is running for the City Council — and is way ahead of the competition. A survey by the Forum Poll found 59 percent of voters in his ward say they will vote for the crack-smoking politician, compared to 26 percent for challenger Andray Domise.

Ford's younger brother Doug replaced him in the mayoral race but isn't doing quite as well. A poll conducted Friday found him in second place with a third of the support. Front-runner John Tory has 41 percent, and Olivia Chow is in third place with 19 percent.

Ford remains in the hospital awaiting test results. In a statement issued last week he said he was facing a serious health crisis but no details on his diagnosis or prognosis were provided.

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