Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive at the polling station at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London, to vote in the mayoral and council elections Thursday May 3, 2012. Opinion polls indicate that London's outspoken, but well-liked, Conservative mayor Boris Johnson seems on course to retain City Hall in British elections. (AP Photo / Peter Macdiarmid)
LONDON (AP) — London's rumpled, comic and often outright offensive Boris Johnson has been declared the winner of a surprisingly close mayoral race in the British capital.
The election results confirmed late Friday install Johnson, a Conservative, as the unpredictable host of the upcoming 2012 Olympics.
Known best for his shock of blond hair, and sometimes shocking outbursts, Johnson's victory was a bright spot on a rough day for his colleagues in Prime Minister David Cameron's governing Conservative Party, who took a drubbing in local elections as voters punished them for biting austerity measures and Britain's stalled economy.
Johnson narrowly beat out Labour's Ken Livingstone, his leftist predecessor as mayor.