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Anastasiades set for first round win: Exit polls
DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades has grabbed a strong lead in today's presidential election and may have secured enough support to avoid a run-off, an exit poll by the state broadcaster CyBC showed.
The 66-year-old lawyer took 51.1 percent share of the vote according to the poll, which put his support at between 49.6 and 52.6 per cent. He needs over 50 per cent of the vote to avoid a run-off on February 24.
He easily beat AKEL-backed rival Stavros Malas who secured on average 27.3 per cent of the vote, the poll said.
A third contender, the independent candidate Giorgos Lillikas -- backed by EDEK -- took 18 per cent of the vote, according to the poll.
Anastasiades was also ahead in the exit polls conducted by other televisions stations. Mega's poll gave the DISY chief between 49 and 52 per cent; Ant1: 48 and 52 per cent; Sigma: 49 and 52.5 per cent.