Russian opposition candidate on track to win regional vote
MOSCOW (AP) — Partial results in a regional election in Russia’s Far East show an opposition candidate has beaten the incumbent governor by a wide margin.
The official tally on the Central Election Commission’s website showed on Sunday that incumbent Vyacheslav Shport was trailing 40 percent behind opposition candidate Sergei Furgal, with 90 percent of the votes counted.
The tally so far in the Khabarovsk region, which borders China, comes one week after an opposition candidate for governor in the neighboring Primorye region mounted protests following widespread reports of vote-rigging in favor of the Kremlin candidate. Election authorities ended up canceling the vote results over the reports and called for a new vote.