Despite being the frontrunner in the latest rounds, former chancellor to the exchequer Rishi Sunak could still lose the race for the role of UK prime minister. On several instances, either during the 60s and 90s and even in the last decade, Conservative leadership challenges have ended with a surprise winner.
The likelihood of this happening – a winner coming out of obscurity – with Rishi Sunak was high since he is an MP who became a common name across British households but was once an unknown figure.
However, he is the best bet for bookmakers after minister of state Penny Mordaunt, who is leading ahead of Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat. Rishi Sunak is the leading contender in this race but the results, as history shows, could be unpredictable and anyone could be the winner.