The race to be Britain's next prime minister took a pace as Conservative Party lawmakers assuring that the country will have a female head of government. The contest will put between the Home Affairs Secretary, Theresa May, against Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom.
If things settled down for Theresa May then she will be the nation's first female Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher stepped down about a quarter century ago.
In a Parliamentary vote among 330 Tory members, May was on top with 199 votes whereas Leadsom settled with 84. A third candidate of the PM race, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, was out after securing just 46 votes.
Leadsom begins the contest as a decided underdog against the better-known May, who dominated both Thursday's vote and an earlier round of balloting held Tuesday.
Another minus point is that Leadsom has never served in the cabinet - normally a prerequisite for holding the nation's top job.
Either Leadsom or May will be Britain's first female prime minister since Thatcher, who led the country from 1979 to 1990, and the second in British history.