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ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan had received 58 percent of the vote after just over 30 percent of the votes in Turkey's presidential election on Sunday had been counted, broadcasters said.
With 30.2 percent of votes counted, the main opposition's presidential candidate, Muharrem Ince, stood at 27.5 percent nationwide, television channels showed.
First results had been expected to give Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party a strong lead - one that could shorten as more votes are tallied across the nation of 81 million people. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent in Sunday's vote, a second round run-off will be held on July 8.