Her low-key resignation saw May write to the joint acting chairmen of the backbench Conservative 1922 Committee, Charles Walker and Dame Cheryl Gillan, confirming the announcement she made two weeks ago outside the official residence of the prime minister.
Naturally reserved and reliant on her husband and a few close aides, she often says she is just quietly "getting on with the job".
It had been seeking to capitalise on that momentum as well as voter disillusionment with the main Conservative and Labour parties, who have historically shared the Peterborough seat.
Frustrated and angry voters are turning away from the big parties to the upstart Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage and - on the other side of the European divide - the Liberal Democrats and Greens, who want Britain to remain in the EU.
They will go to hustings around the country to convince Conservative Party members to vote for them in the final ballot.
But despite winning, Labour's vote share fell by 17 percent while the Conservatives' vote plummeted by 25%, highlighting the task facing May's successor.
It's too soon to say whether he is right, but the bigger parties are anxious.
Eleven Conservative MPs are vying to replace her as party leader and, ultimately, prime minister, according to BBC.
The first round of voting by Tory MPs will be held on June 13, with candidates requiring more than 16 votes to survive to the next ballot. Further rounds will be held on June 18, 19 and 20 if needed, with the least popular candidate dropping out each time.
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Leader of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage speaks as he and newly elected Members of the European Parliament from Brexit Party attend a news conference following the results of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain, May 27, 2019.
July 7, 2018: May and her Cabinet endorse the so-called Chequers Plan worked out at a fractious session at the prime minister's country retreat. She has reportedly said she will not officially resign as prime minister until someone is chosen who she believes has the support of the House of Commons.
Hardliners who say they don't fear leaving without any sort of deal such as Esther McVey have advocated essentially ditching the agreement entirely, arguing the best course of action is to "actively embrace leaving without a withdrawal agreement".
The race, which already has 11 candidates, is utterly dominated by Brexit.
He champions a tougher stance on Brexit, saying Britain should leave with or without a deal by the new deadline of October 31.
Polls among Conservative party members have so far placed Boris Johnson at the top of their list, but his chances of becoming the new prime minister will depend on whether his name will be one of the two finalists.
But the chances that the other European Union countries would consider reopening the legally binding agreement appear slim at best. Even as the Brexit saga has dragged on and the pressure of a potentially disastrous "no deal" Brexit mounted, no European leader has publicly shown an appetite for renegotiating any part of the 585-page text. They can also stand for election as Conservative councillors and prospective parliamentary candidates, subject to assessments and approvals.
FILE - Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove leaves 10 Downing Street in London, May 22, 2018.
Forbes, who backed remaining in the European Union in 2016 but said she respects the result of the referendum, said May's successor should restart government talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which failed to find a way through the deadlock on Brexit.