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Ukrainian presidential election heading to runoff

Two exit polls show the Ukrainian presidential election will head to a second round since no candidate received 50 percent of the vote.

Former prime minister Viktor Yanukovich gained a plurality in Sunday’s election but could not garner enough votes to avoid a runoff against current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which is scheduled to be held on February 7.

Braving freezing temperatures, Ukrainians went to the polls on Sunday to elect a president from among 18 candidates.

The exit polls showed Tymoshenko trailed Yanukovich by between 4 and 10 percent of the vote.

Analysts say if these results reflect reality, then Tymoshenko has a very good chance of winning the second round since Yanukovich received close to his maximum level of support, which they put at 40 percent.

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