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Putin headed towards landslide victory

March 18, 22:48 updated at: March 19, 5:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Putin is leading the Russian presidential polls with 76.56% of votes after 95% of ballots counted

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MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Russia’s incumbent head of state Vladimir Putin has garnered 76.65% of the vote in the March 18 election with 99% of the ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said.

Director of the Lenin State Farm Pavel Grudinin, nominated by the Communist Party of Russia, is second with 11.82% of the vote, while leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky is third with 5.68%.

More than 55.4 mln people voted for Putin, while over 8.54 mln supported Grudinin and around 4.1 mln voted in Zhirinovsky’s favor.

TV personality and socialite Ksenia Sobchak, nominated by the Civil Initiative party, is fourth with 1.66% (over 1.19 mln votes).

Next are head of the Yabloko Party’s federal political committee Grigory Yavlinsky (1.04%), chairman of the Party of Growth and Russian Presidential Envoy for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov (0.75%), Maxim Suraikin, nominated by the Communists of Russia party (0.68%) and head of the Russian People’s Union party Sergei Baburin (0.65%).

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