Bristol heading for major shock in mayoral race

Bristol is heading for a major shock with independent candidate George Ferguson ahead of Labour in the race to become the city's new directly-elected mayor:

  • Ferguson who ran as the Bristol 1st candidate polled 31,321 votes to Rees's 25,896 in the first round
  • Ferguson failed to secure the 50% he needed to win in the first round and is in a run-off with Rees for second-preference votes after the remaining 13 candidates were eliminated

Turnout was 27.92% with 90,273 people deciding between 15 candidates on the ballot paper.