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Indonesia's biggest opposition party leads in election results, but less than expected

Indonesia's biggest opposition party came out ahead in early election tallies Thursday, but the showing was far less than expected given the popularity of its pick for president, viewed as the favorite in this summer's presidential race.The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, garnered nearly 20 percent of the vote, according to early results. The party's popular nominee for the top job, Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, known affectionately as Jokowi, had created a buzz and topped polls ahead of Wednesday's legislative elections.But analysts say the July 9 presidential race will likely be harder to win since his party fell short of the 27 percent of the vote it had hoped to win."PDI-P has failed to take advantage of the Jokowi effect in its campaign," said Hanta Yuda, executive director of the Jakarta-based Pol-Tracking Institute. He added that the party did not utilize Widodo's popularity enough during national campaigning and through television ads, and it failed to respond to...

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