The BBC debate invited the five remaining candidates to respond to question put to them directly by ordinary people around the United Kingdom, and covered issues such as a no-deal Brexit, taxation, and the environment.
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie, who has served as Mrs May's parliamentary private secretary for the past six months, said he was backing the former foreign secretary after his first choice, health secretary Matt Hancock, dropped out of the race.
Like Johnson, Gove helped lead the campaign to leave the European Union, but scuttled his friend Johnson's bid to become prime minister in 2016 when he unexpectedly withdrew his support and chose to run for the job himself.
The voting by MPs will continue until only two candidates remain.
Mr Raab did not get through, after getting 30 votes, three less than the minimum needed.
The former London mayor and British foreign secretary is finally within touching distance of his long-cherished ambition to be United Kingdom prime minister.
The worldwide development minister Rory Stewart was fourth on 37 votes and the interior minister Sajid Javid was fifth on 33 votes, as hardline Brexiteer Raab was eliminated after he failed to receive the required minimum of 33 votes.
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That came one day after the Conservative party rejected a definition of Islamophobia backed by over 750 muslim organisations and supported by a UK Parliament committee, which led to Sayeeda Warsi, former Tory party chair who has tried to raise the red-flag on Islamophobia in the Tory party for years to no avail, to say: "I presume the government is under pressure to find a definition that ensures the Islamophobia in the Conservatives is appropriately defined as "not really" Islamophobia".
"It would be a mistake to put forward two candidates to the final round who will polarise our party", he wrote in The Times. While he has vowed to respect the October 29th Brexit day while others - including Michael Gove - have said they would consider delaying Brexit again, Nigel Farage has raised doubts about Johnson's dedication and reliability.
Johnson added a dozen votes to his tally from last week, securing more votes than the combined total for the next three challengers: Hunt with 46 votes, Gove with 41 and Stewart with 37.
"What I find alarming and I want to try to clarify as soon as possible, hopefully in these debates this evening, is that half the people in his campaign have got the impression that he intends to leave on October 31 with no deal", Stewart told BBC radio. But parliament has indicated it will try to stop a no-deal Brexit, which investors warn could roil markets and shock the world economy, while the European Union has said it will not renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement that May agreed.
"Now we are to discover that actually, he has got some wacky scheme to go out to a people's collective and then come back and tell Parliament what to do".
Johnson has promised to cut income tax for high earners while Hunt says he would slash corporation tax.
The debate was shown live on BBC One from 8pm in a programme entitled "Our Next Prime Minister".
The former Brexit secretary had called for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without a deal on 31 October if necessary. The former Brexit secretary had attacked Boris Johnson's political style, asserting that "bluff and bluster" wouldn't deliver Brexit.