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Russian Ruling Party Candidates Ahead In Election Results


Ruling United Russia Party candidates are reportedly winning in several areas as preliminary results from Russia's regional elections are being announced.

Election officials in the far eastern Primorsky Krai say acting Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky -- of the ruling United Russia party -- has won some 77 percent of the votes with nearly all ballots counted.

In the Altai Krai, Aleksandr Karlin had won some 75 percent of the votes in early returns.

Officials said turnout in the southeastern Russian territory was about 31 percent, one of several reports of low voter participation.

The acting governor of Siberia's Krasnoyarsk Krai, Viktor Tolokonsky, had won 60.08 percent of counted votes.

In Moscow, the opposition Yabloko party said it may reject results from the city Duma election, complaining pre-election campaigning had not been fair.

Additionally, the United Russia Party was reportedly winning more than 70 percent of the votes cast in elections in the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine.

Ukraine says the elections in Crimea are illegal.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and dpa
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