Navalny's staff predicts second round in Moscow mayoral election

The campaign staff of candidate Alexei Navalny predicts the second round of Moscow mayoral elections referring to its exit polls.

"According to our exit poll, Sergei Sobyanin gained only 46% of Muscovites' vote as of 7 p.m., while Alexei Navalny had 35.6%," a source in the Navalny staff told Interfax.

He explained the rapid processing of exit poll results with special-purpose software developed by staff specialists for mobile gadgets.

"Volunteers standing near the exits from polling stations provided the data, which reached the staff online in the real time mode," the staff activist said.

According to the exit poll, Communist Party candidate Ivan Melnikov has 9.4% of the vote, Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin has 3.9%, Liberal Democratic Party nominee Mikhail Degtyaryov has 2.1%, and A Just Russia cochairman Nikolai Levichev has 2.1%.

The staff spokesman said that about 20% of the polled voters refused to answer and that number was divided evenly between all candidates in the exit poll.

He also said that the exit poll data collected as of 3 p.m. did not differ much from the data collected after 7 p.m. According to him, Sobyanin had 48.7% of the vote and Navalny 32.7% at that time.

After the exit poll results were announced, Navalny met with the press and his supporters to thank everyone who worked at his campaign staff, voted for him or rendered support.

"Our exit poll shows there will be the second round of the mayoral election. I thank everyone," Navalny said.

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