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Doug Ford's path to victory — in 2022: Hepburn

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Much to the possible chagrin of my colleague Edward Keenan, who says it’s way too early for such predictions, I predict Doug Ford will lose the 2018 Toronto mayoral race.

I also predict incumbent mayor John Tory will score an easy victory over Ford and all other challengers in the election, set for Oct. 22, 2018.

And I will go even further and predict Ford will win a surprisingly large number of votes in 2018, keeping Ford Nation alive and angry and — most importantly — setting the stage for a possible Ford victory in the 2022 mayoral contest.

Like it or not, while the official campaign won’t start until May, the race is already in full swing.

At this stage, though, Ford’s path to victory in 2018 seems impossible.

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He’s well behind Tory in early polls, has done nothing since the 2014 mayoral race to broaden his base of support, has no coherent vision on how to build and improve the city other than a simplistic pledge to cut taxes, and continues to play a hardball, bullying style of politics that voters rejected in 2014.

In the 2014 mayoral contest, Ford, who announced last week........

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