Crvenkovski's closest rival, Sasko Kedev, has about 34 percent of the vote. Crvenkovski and Kedev, of the conservative opposition Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (VMRO-DPMNE), will now compete in a run-off election scheduled to be held on 24 April. Two other candidates, both ethnic Albanian, did not get enough votes to compete in the run-off. Official poll results are expected later today.
Crvenkovski is a member of the Social Democratic Union. No figures were available on voter turnout, but reports said it appeared to be over 50 percent, which would make the vote valid.
The four candidates were vying to replace the late president, Boris Trajkovski, who died in an air crash in February.