LONDON, ONT. -- Steven Del Duca has won the Ontario Liberal leadership race.

Del Duca had been pegged as the frontrunner heading into Saturday's election in Mississauga.

Londoner Kate Graham was one of the hopefuls on the ballot. When Graham announced she would run she said she answered an urgent call to revitalize democracy in Ontario

She congratulated Del Duca in a Tweet. "We both joined this race because we believe that politics  matters. You brought many new people into the party from all backgrounds. This makes us stronger," she wrote.

Del Duca's Tweet stated: "Today the hard work begins to defeat Doug Ford."

Graham tells CTV News she was proud of the team and looking forward to the future.

“As I said from the start of this race it’s about a lot more than who the leader is. You know a party is a big group of people who come together around some things we want to see change around Ontario. And I feel really, really proud to be able to be a part of shaping that direction.”

The other candidates were Don Valley East MPP Michael Coteau and Scarborough-Guildwood MPP and former education minister Mitzie Hunter.