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Iranians Go To The Polls To Elect A New President

Iranians are voting in an election to choose a replacement for President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Opinion surveys have suggested a close race between moderate cleric and former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani, who is backed by pro-reform elements, and conservative candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the current mayor of Tehran. If no candidate captures a majority, a runoff will take place on June 21. (18 PHOTOS)

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Clerics wait to vote in Qom.
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Clerics wait to vote in Qom.

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Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot.
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Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot.

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Presidential candidate Ali Akbar Velayati shows his ink-stained finger as he votes at a polling station in Tehran.
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Presidential candidate Ali Akbar Velayati shows his ink-stained finger as he votes at a polling station in Tehran.

Former President Mohammad Khatami casts his vote at a polling station in Tehran.
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Former President Mohammad Khatami casts his vote at a polling station in Tehran.

Women wait to vote at a polling station at the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom.
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Women wait to vote at a polling station at the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom.

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Ali Larijani casts his ballot in Tehran.
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Ali Larijani casts his ballot in Tehran.

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Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani votes in Tehran.
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Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani votes in Tehran.

Said Jalili casts his ballot at a polling station in southern Tehran.
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Said Jalili casts his ballot at a polling station in southern Tehran.

Said Jalili prays at the tomb of Shah Abdolazim before voting.
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Said Jalili prays at the tomb of Shah Abdolazim before voting.

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