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Polish prez wins 1st round, faces runoff with centrist

Polish prez wins 1st round, faces runoff with centrist
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Warsaw (Poland): Nearly complete results in the first round of Poland's weekend presidential election show that the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, won nearly 44% of the votes, putting him significantly ahead of all others but short of outright victory.

The results from Sunday's election also show that Duda's main rival, the centrist Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski finished second with slightly over 30%.

The two will next face each other in a runoff on July 12 in what is shaping up as a suspenseful and competitive race.

Poland's state electoral commission announced the results of the election on Monday morning based on a count of 99.78% of all votes. The final results could differ slightly.

It is a slightly better result for Duda than was predicted by an exit poll on Sunday evening, which had him at nearly 42%.

It reflects the popularity he has among many conservative and rural Poles for the mix of social conservatism and generous welfare spending espoused by him and the ruling party that backs him, Law and Justice.

Nine other candidates who ran in the first round have now been eliminated.

As Duda and Trzaskowski hit the campaign trail again on Monday, they will be vying for the votes of those other candidates.

Up for grabs will be the supporters of Szymon Holownia, a progressive Catholic nonaligned candidate, who won nearly 14% of the votes, as well as a far-right lawmaker, Krzysztof Bosak, who had

nearly 7%.

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