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The race to replace Theresa May is down to 5 candidates

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace Theresa May as the leader of the Conservative Party. Photo: Luke Dray/Getty Images

The U.K. Conservative Party's 1922 Committee announced Tuesday the results of the second round of voting by the party's members of Parliament in the race to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May as its leader, narrowing the field from six candidates to five.

The big picture: Boris Johnson, a brash Brexiteer who has vowed to take the U.K. out of the EU without a deal if necessary, is in control of the race and all but guaranteed a spot in the final two. Crucially for Johnson, this last round of voting knocked out May's former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who gained support from the wing of the party backing a hard Brexit.

Boris Johnson is steamrolling his way to Downing Street

Back Boris! Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

There is little standing in the way of Boris Johnson becoming Britain’s next prime minister.

Why it matters: Johnson is a brash Brexiteer who has vowed to take the U.K. out of the EU without a deal if one can’t be reached by October. He’s often praised for his charisma and criticized for his lack of substance on policy and penchant for provocative rhetoric. He also has a friend in the Oval Office.