Yanukovych Wins 1st Round of Ukraine Election, Exit Poll Shows [Article]

From Bloomberg:

Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych took the most votes in the first round of a presidential election, pitting him against the nation’s prime minister in a runoff vote in three weeks, an exit poll shows.

Yanukovych, 59, took 31.5 percent of the vote, not enough for a first-round victory, according to the exit poll of 12,349 voters nationwide conducted by a group of three research organizations as of 6 p.m. in Kiev.

Premier Yulia Timoshenko, took 27.2 percent, and will also take part in the two-candidate Feb. 7 second round, the exit poll found. Incumbent Viktor Yushchenko got 6 percent, losing his bid for re-election.

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