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Iran Presidential Election: Ahmadinejad leads by a wide margin with 30.5 million votes counted - ISNA reported that according to Iran's election headquarters, 37,420 polling boxes, which amounts to 81.85% of the boxes, have been counted so far. According to the results so far, Ahmadinejad is leading Mousavi by a wide margin, 64.77% to 32.25%. The other two candidates, Mohsen Rezaei and Mehdi Karrubi, managed to accumulate about 3 percent of the total votes.

Election officials had predicted a record turnout among the 46.2 million eligible voters. According to the latest reports, the actual turnout was about 70%. If that's the case, the 30.5 million votes counted represents over 80% percent of the total.

The election results so far is as follows:

Candidate # of votes % of votes
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 19,761,433 65.69
Mir Hossein Mousavi 9,841,056 32.25
Mohsen Rezaei 633,048 2.07
Mehdi Karrubi 270,885 0.88
Total 30,506,422 81.85% of voting boxes

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after voting in Tehran

Rivals both claim victory in Iran's election

Iran's Interior Ministry claimed hard-line incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was heading for a surprise landslide victory Saturday in the country's stormy presidential elections. But his pro-reform rival countered that he was the clear victor and accused authorities of voter fraud. The dispute sharply boosted tensions and raised fears of a standoff after an intense monthlong race between the combative president and his main challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi. A large turnout at the polls had boosted victory hopes for Mousavi, who is backed by a growing youth-oriented movement.
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Mir Hossein Mousavi after voting in Tehran


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