On Monday night, Kemi Badenoch won the Tory leadership election on the third ballot. She received nine votes more than the previous ballot, for a total of 58, but she is most likely to be defeated during the next round of voting on Tuesday.
The former Communities Secretary in Boris Johnson’s government may have a say in which of the two front runners makes the final cut.
The 42-year-old is already being considered for a high-level position in the next government.
Ms. Mordaunt suffered a body blow when she lost a vote to 82 due to her unwavering stance on gender issues.
Tom Tugendhat was eliminated after finishing last in the voting with 30 votes.
Rishi Sunak on the other hand gained some votes to make him the leading candidate.
His supporters were ecstatic as he increased his score from 101 to 115, moving him ahead of Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt.
The question now is whether Badenoch can overtake at least one rival and remain in the race.