Too close for comfort. The 22% voting for Chow almost cost us 4 more years of a Ford as mayor.
I know many on here were against strategic voting but this is exactly why many voted strategically.
Though, my usual caveat/inkling that were one to factor Ford out, given their respective campaigns there'd have been roughly the same kind of differential, anyway: Chow with anywhere between half to 2/3 of Tory's vote, etc.
Whatever my own voting inclinations, I was loath to offer predictions or to join in the Ford-underperform/Chow-outperform chorus that was building t/w the end; because I knew that was high risk and it could well go the other way--as it did. But, look at it this way: even if she lost, Chow held her own. Doubled Joe Pants. Held the share she was hanging on to t/w the final stretch. And Tory in the end won, anyway--even if it looked like a nailbiter at first.
In principle, I prefer 3-or-more-way dynamism to straight 2-way yawn; or if it has to be the latter, let it be through electoral reform--ranked balloting, runoff votes, etc.