The Liberal Democrats saw their share of the vote recover to about 18 per cent, but failed to make the breakthrough they hoped for in terms of seats. Will that translate to election day?
But May's hardened rhetoric appeared have translated into local votes.
The weekend will probably be much more bearable for these two than the rest of the party leaders.
'We know this is no small task, it is a challenge on an historic scale.
Another analyst, Prof. Michael Thrasher, told Sky News: "Ukip received one in eight votes cast at the 2015 general election, and, therefore, those votes are absolutely critical in a month's time at the general election".
Today's results suggest the Conservatives are on track for a substantial majority on 8 June.
The Conservatives have made gains in the local council elections, with Labour and UKIP losing out. This could spell very bad news for Labour.
The party's vote was squeezed in Brexit-supporting parts of the country, limiting gains.
It never gained more than one MP in the United Kingdom parliament, but the former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron was so anxious about the prospect of losing support from voters skeptical of the European Union in the 2015 general election that he promised the in-out referendum. The real world, of course, isn't that simple. Ukip was nearly completely wiped off the map, gaining just one seat - from Labour - in Padiham and Burnley West.
Early results indicate the governing Conservative Party has made significant gains at UKIP's expense.
But it's between 50% and 70% of the UKIP vote switching to Theresa May's party that the gains really start racking up.
Labour did win mayoral contests in the northern English cities of Doncaster, Liverpool and Manchester, but lost the race in the West Midlands area around Birmingham to Conservative Andy Street by just 4,000 votes. By 70%, more than 50 would be seriously at risk.
Labour held key councils in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, but lost control of Bridgend, where Mrs May had targeted with a campaign visit.
By the time Britain woke up on Friday morning, only a fraction of its local election results had been counted but the outcome for each of the political parties was already clear.
May earlier this week accused the European Union of trying to influence the UK's general election.
Among the authorities which had declared their final results, Labour had control of nine councils and had lost control of seven. Labour has collapsed. They can not win the general election.
Conservative MP for South Thanet, Craig Mackinlay, told KoS in the run up to Thursday's election that he believed there could be an "absolute wipeout" of his former party, which surprised everyone by winning 17 seats on the council four years ago.
The British people have been held back for too long.