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Comedian heads to run-off against incumbent for Ukraine presidency

Comedian heads to run-off against incumbent for Ukraine presidencyComedian Volodymyr Zelensky topped the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday, exit polls showed, setting him up for a run-off with the incumbent after voters expressed frustration over corruption and a stalling economy. When he announced his long-shot candidacy at the start of the year, Zelensky’s political experience had been limited to playing the president in a TV show. “This is just a first step towards a great victory,” the 41-year-old in high spirits told supporters at his campaign headquarters minutes after the exit polls were released.



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Comedian advances to runoff against incumbent in Ukraine presidential race

Comedian advances to runoff against incumbent in Ukraine presidential raceComedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays Ukraine's president on television, has won the first round of the struggling country's presidential election and is set to face the incumbent in a runoff this month.  The political newcomer had garnered more than 30 per cent of Sunday's vote with four-fifths of the ballots counted on Monday afternoon. President Petro Poroshenko, known as 'the chocolate king' for his expansive candy business, was in second place with 16 per cent.  Former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was expected to miss the runoff with 13 per cent of the vote, even though she has claimed that her own parallel vote count has her advancing to the second round.  On Sunday night, she suggested she would dispute the results and called for supporters to come to polling places to prevent alleged falsifications for Mr Poroshenko  A simmering conflict with Russia-backed separatists in the east continues to plague Ukraine, which last year became the poorest country in Europe.  There has been agonisingly slow progress on reforms undertaken after a pro-Russian president was ousted by protests in 2014 and Crimea was annexed by Russia. Surveys in March suggested that Mr Zelenskiy would handily defeat Mr Poroshenko if they faced each other in the second round.  The leading candidate has promised to tackle corruption but shunned a detailed platform and campaign in favour of a feel-good comedy tour.  President Petro Poroshenko speaks at his campaign headquarters after the vote on Sunday Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP Mr Poroshenko declared that he would win the runoff, calling Mr Zelenskiy a marionette of Ihor Kolomoisky, the self-exiled oligarch who owns the channel that runs his programmes.  Mr Zelenskiy responded by calling Mr Poroshenko a marionette of the former deputy head of his security council, a reference to a corruption scandal in which the official's son was found to have sold the defence ministry overpriced equipment smuggled in from Russia.  The comedian has been hit by his own scandals. A company he owns was found to have made money in Russia after he said he had no business there, and an investigation on Thursday found he owned an undeclared 15-room villa in an Italian resort favoured by Russian oligarchs.  Mr Zelensiky has said he would sit down with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, to solve the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Asked by journalists on Sunday night what he would say to Mr Putin, he said he would force him to give back Ukrainian territory and demand compensation for occupying it. Mr Putin's spokesman said on Monday that the leader would explain that Russia is not occupying Ukrainian territory, adding that Crimea was “not open for discussion”. Spanish and Canadian warships docked in Odessa on Monday as part of a Nato mission to the Black Sea following last year's Kerch Strait crisis.  Russia in November seized three Ukrainian ships near annexed Crimea and captured 24 sailors who are now on trial in Moscow.  Former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko votes on Sunday Credit: Pyotr Sivkov/TASS/Barcroft Mr Poroshenko is expected to focus on Mr Zelenskiy's lack of experience and try to embarrass him in debates in the second round. An influx of cash subsidies to pensioners could also help mobilise support. His challenger tried to appeal to disaffected voters by focusing on the president's business empire and corruption allegations against him. Only nine per cent of Ukrainians support their government, according to polls.  Reports emerged on Sunday that Mr Zelenskiy might form a parliamentary coalition with Ms Tymoshenko, which would set her up to become prime minister. Both candidates denied they were in talks.  Much of the country's opposition would support Mr Zelenskiy and try to turn the second round into a referendum on Mr Poroshenko, whose disapproval rating is up to 50 per cent, analyst Volodymyr Fesenko said.    “I would bet on Zelenskiy in second round, there are risks but he has more of a chance,” Mr Fesenko said. “It will depend on the turnout of his voters and how unified the opposition is, but there is a lot of dissatisfaction with Poroshenko.”



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Blesses New Push To Oust Incumbent Democrats In Primaries

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Blesses New Push To Oust Incumbent Democrats In PrimariesIn a significant escalation of her activism-driven approach to politics,



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A Gay Marriage Opponent Just Ousted A GOP Incumbent in North Carolina

A Gay Marriage Opponent Just Ousted A GOP Incumbent in North CarolinaMark Harris, a Baptist pastor with a long history of social conservatism, won



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Pro-Russia incumbent wins Czech presidential election

Pro-Russia incumbent wins Czech presidential electionPRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's pro-Russia president won a second five-year term Saturday after beating a political newcomer viewed as more Western-oriented in a runoff vote.



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US elections: Former news anchor whose girlfriend was shot dead on live TV wins seat from NRA-backed incumbent

US elections: Former news anchor whose girlfriend was shot dead on live TV wins seat from NRA-backed incumbentA former Virginia news anchor whose journalist girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 has defeated an NRA-endorsed incumbent for a seat in the statehouse. Chris Hurst was living with fellow journalist Alison Parker when she and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former co-worker while reporting for WDBJ-TV. After the shooting, Mr Hurst became the public face of the grieving Roanoke station.



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Bannon to Target All Incumbent Senators Except Ted Cruz

Bannon to Target All Incumbent Senators Except Ted CruzOn the MTP Panel, Kristen Welker reports that former presidential adviser Steve Bannon is advancing the internal feud among Republicans by targeting almost every incumbent senator facing re-election.



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'Hang in There.' Muslim Senate Candidate Gets Support From Republican Incumbent

'Hang in There.' Muslim Senate Candidate Gets Support From Republican Incumbent"It's unfortunate that this is the type of discourse that has become acceptable"



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