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Opposition candidate winning 1st round of Argentine presidential election

October 26, 2015, 8:23 UTC+3
Candidate from opposition conservative party Republican Proposal Mauricio Macri has 36.15% while ruling alliance Front for Victory candidate Daniel Scioli is gaining 34.78%
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BUENOS AIRES, October 26. /TASS/. Candidate from opposition conservative party Republican Proposal is winning the first round of Argentine elections with 36.15%, the Argentine national election chamber said after counting 68.16% of the ballots.

Ruling alliance Front for Victory candidate Daniel Scioli is gaining 34.78%

Renewal Front opposition party candidate Sergio Massa was supported by 21.11% of voters.

To win in the first round, a candidate needs to gain over 45% of the vote or 40% if the gap with the closest rival is at least 10% So, according to preliminary data of the election commission, Argentina will see a runoff.

The country held presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Voter turnout was 79%

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