Exit polls: Cyprus election too close to call

Exit polls: right-winger leading in Cyprus presidential election, but unclear if runoff needed

Associated Press
Runoff called in Cyprus' presidential election
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A man leaves the polling booth as he votes in the Presidential election in southern port city of Limassol, Cyprus, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Cypriots are voting Sunday for a new president who must tackle a financial crisis that has forced the country to seek international rescue money to stay solvent. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Exit polls indicate the right-wing front-runner has won the most votes in Cyprus' presidential election, but it is unclear if he has enough to win outright without need for a runoff.

The new president will have to tackle a financial crisis that has forced the country to seek international rescue money to stay solvent.

An exit poll for state broadcaster CyBC said right-wing candidate Nicos Anastasiades would win 49.6 -52.6 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, compared with 25.8-28.8 percent for left-winger Stavros Malas.

Independent Giorgos Lillikas trailed in third place with 17-19 percent and appeared to be out of the race.

Three other exit polls had similar predictions.

In order to win without a runoff, Anastasiades would need to get at least 51 percent of the vote.

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