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

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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.



— Tracy Connor