Poroshenko leading presidential race with over 55 percent of the vote won - exit polls

Ukrainian parliamentary deputy and businessman Petro Poroshenko is winning the presidential elections, mustering more than 55 percent of the vote, two exit polls suggest.

Ukrainian parliamentary deputy and businessman Petro Poroshenko is winning the presidential elections, mustering more than 55 percent of the vote, two exit polls suggest.

Poroshenko won 55.9 percent of the vote, ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko 12.9 percent and Oleh Lyashko 8.0 percent, according to the national exit poll as of 6 p.m.

An exit poll, conducted by the TNS pollster at television channels' order, indicates that Poroshenko mustered 57.3 percent of the vote, Tymoshenko 12.4 percent and Lyashko 8.7 percent.

The TNS poll was conducted at the request of four TV channels: ICTV, 1+1, TRK, Ukraina and Intera.

An exit poll, conducted by sociologists of the Savik Shuster Studio, demonstrated similar figures, with Poroshenko winning 55.7 percent of the vote, Tymoshenko 12.9 percent and Lyashko 8.8 percent.

These figures were announced live on Sunday. Figures obtained in the Donetsk ad Luhansk regions were taken into account.

According to the Savik Shuster poll Anatoliy Hrytsenko won 6 percent of the vote, Serhiy Tihipko 4.6 percent and Mykhailo Dobkin 2.7 percent.

Vadym Rabinovych and Olha Bohomolets each won 2.1 percent, Oleh Tyahnybok 1.3 percent and Petro Symonenko 1.2 percent.

Dmytro Yarosh got 1.1 percent of the vote and Valeriy Konovalyuk 0.3 percent.

Savik Shuster Studio's sociologists started interviewing respondents at 8 a.m. in 350 electoral districts in all regions, including the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The national exit poll produced the following figures: Hrytsenko won 6.3 percent of the vote, Tihipko 4.7 percent , Dobkin 2.1 percent, Bohomolets and Rabinovych each got 1.9 percent, leader of the Svoboda Party Tyahnybok 1.3 percentn and leader of the Communist Party Symonenko, who announced he was withdrawing from the race, but whose name remained on the ballot papers, got 1.1 percent of the vote.

Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh won 0.9 percent of the vote.

The national exit poll was conducted by a consortium of companies, including the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the Kiev International Sociology Institute and Razumkov Center.

About 17,000 respondents were questioned in the national exit poll in 400 polling stations (200 each for the pollster) all across Ukraine except Crimea.

The TNS exit poll indicates that Tyahnybok won 1.5 percent of the vote and Yarosh 1.1 percent.

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