Russia

Putin's Candidate Avoids Runoff in Moscow Mayoral Race

Gets 51 percent vote against anti-corruption candidate

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There wasn't a shadow of a doubt that former presidential aide and interim mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin would win the mayoral race against blogger and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny, not as President Vladimir Putin's hand-picked man.

The only question was by how much. Anything less than 50% would have meant a run-off election.

There will not be a run-off. Sobyanin squeaked by with 51.37% of the vote. Navalny won 27.24%.

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