MOSCOW (AP) — A nearly complete vote count shows the incumbent Moscow mayor has garnered 51 percent of the vote, with opposition leader Alexei Navalny finishing second.
The Moscow Election Commission said Monday morning that Sergei Sobyanin got 51 percent of the vote and Navalny 27 percent with 99.8 percent of the vote counted. That leaves Navalny, who has energized Moscow's opposition in his grassroots campaign, 1 percent short of the run-off.
Navalny's campaign chief said overnight they will not recognize the official result because of the vote-rigging they say they have witnessed. Navalny would not comment on the result until all the votes are counted.
The Moscow mayoral race was being watched as a pivotal test for the Russian opposition and Navalny who was recently convicted of embezzlement, the charges that he says are politically motivated.
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