KIEV, Ukraine -
Exit polls in the re-run of
Ukraine's presidential election Sunday said liberal challenger
Viktor Yushchenko had beaten Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich
by a wide margin.
Yushchenko, who called crowds of supporters into the
streets to denounce cheating in the last poll, scored 56.5
percent to 41.3 percent for Yanukovich, according to a poll by
the Kiev International Institute for Sociology and the Razumkov
A second poll, by the Center for Social Monitoring, gave
him an even wider lead -- putting his share of the vote at 58.1
percent and Yanukovich's at 38.4 percent.
Yanukovich had initially been declared the winner in last
month's run-off vote, but his victory was overturned by the
Supreme Court which agreed with opposition charges that the
election was rigged in his favor.
The figures in the first exit poll represented 80 percent
of a sample of 30,000 voters who were polled across the former
Soviet republic. The second exit poll surveyed 13,000 voters.
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