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Toronto election: Who do you think won the first mayoral debate?

WATCH: Rob Ford faced frequent attacks during Toronto’s first televised mayoral debate Wednesday night, but none of his key rivals directly raised the drugs and other scandals surrounding the mayor.

TORONTO – The city’s first 2014 mayoral debate had candidates sticking to one-liners and dissolving into shouted squabbles, with no one able to land a knockout blow despite Mayor Rob Ford’s assertion early Wednesday there would be a “knock out in the first 15 seconds.”

And the only question addressing Ford’s crack use and an ongoing criminal investigation into him was a journalist on a panel.

Olivia Chow came closest, telling the mayor he was an “international embarrassment” and pleading with voters to bring down the “circus tent” at city hall.

And John Tory, who perhaps found himself agreeing with Ford the most, simply said the incumbent could no longer accomplish anything at city hall and had “run out of gas.”

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When Ford was asked directly about his ongoing scandal he evaded, choosing instead to tout his record at city hall.

“I’m not going to get personal but I’m going to talk about my record of achievements,” he said. “I am the only candidate with a proven track record of success.”

Throughout the debate, Ford repeated his claim he’s saved $1 billion over his term as mayor. That claim, has been proven false several times by various media outlets in Toronto. He also claimed there had been no cuts to transit, which is incorrect, and that subways on Sheppard and Finch are done deals, which they’re not.

He also tried to brand opponents David Soknacki and Olivia Chow as “NDP candidates” who were on “David Miller’s team.” (Soknacki was former Mayor David Miller’s budget chief; Chow, who until recently was an NDP Member of Parliament, sat on the budget committee for his predecessor, Mel Lastman)

Chow defended the budgets she’d produced, noting they involved equal property tax increases to Rob Ford’s over the course of his term.

But there was little during the 90-minute debate that voters hadn’t heard already.

Karen Stintz asked Tory how he’d find his transit plan but the former Progressive Conservative leader – whose CivicAction organization released a slew recommendations from which he’s now distancing himself – evaded the question, saying he would release his plan in a few weeks.

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He did, however, say Sheppard Avenue does not need a subway. Ford has been vocal about his support for subways across Toronto.

And there was a heated moment when Tory challenged Chow on her plans for garbage collection east of Yonge (she’d leave it public; collection has already been privatized on the city’s west side).

Voters go to the polls on October 27.

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