Reuters: Pro-Putin party wins Russian parliamentary election
Allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin comfortably won a parliamentary election, early results showed on Monday, but low turnout suggested a softening of enthusiasm for the ruling elite 18 months before the next presidential election.
The ruling United Russia party won 51 percent in Sunday's election, according to a preliminary central election commission tally after a quarter of the votes had been counted.
That would allow the party, which was founded by Putin and benefits from his popularity, to extend its dominance in the lower house of parliament, or Duma. An exit poll also had United Russia as the overwhelming winner.
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WNU Editor: I have been told that a lot of voters stayed home (about 20%) .... but this is still a big win for Putin.
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Putin Claims Victory for Ruling Party in Parliamentary Vote -- Bloomberg
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Russian polls close on national election day, early results indicate United Russia lead -- RT
Russian election: Putin-backed party well ahead - exit polls -- BBC
Vladimir Putin's party winning in Russian parliamentary elections -- CNN
With Few Surprises, Putin's Party Wins Parliamentary Election Called 'Dullest' Ever -- ABC news
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Russian election unlikely to loosen Putin's grip on power -- The Guardian
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