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Ruling party candidates win all 21 governor slots in Russian election and all 11 legislatures

  • Galina Shalygina, 85, prepares to cast her ballot in a ballot box brought by election officials to villagers unable to travel to the polling station, in the village of Seltso, near Kostroma, 350 km (218 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Voters are casting ballots across Russia for local legislators and governors, in elections expected to be won by candidates loyal to President Vladimir Putin. Sunday’s elections are being seen as a dress rehearsal for next year’s vote for a national parliament, and the anti-Putin opposition was allowed to run in only one Russian region, Kostroma. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Galina Shalygina, 85, prepares to cast her ballot in a ballot box brought by election officials to villagers unable to travel to the polling station, in the village of Seltso, near Kostroma, 350 km (218 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Voters are casting ballots across Russia for local legislators and governors, in elections expected to be won by candidates loyal to President Vladimir Putin. Sunday’s elections are being seen as a dress rehearsal for next year’s vote for a national parliament, and the anti-Putin opposition was allowed to run in only one Russian region, Kostroma. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • From right, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, opposition candidate Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist Leonid Volkov and opposition candidate Vladimir Andreichenko speak to press after polls closed in Kostroma, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Voters are casting ballots across Russia for local legislators and governors, in elections expected to be won by candidates loyal to President Vladimir Putin. Sunday’s elections are being seen as a dress rehearsal for next year’s vote for a national parliament, and the anti-Putin opposition was allowed to run in only one Russian region, Kostroma. (AP Photo/ Pavel Golovkin)

    From right, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, opposition candidate Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist Leonid Volkov and opposition candidate Vladimir Andreichenko speak to press after polls closed in Kostroma, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Voters are casting ballots across Russia for local legislators and governors, in elections expected to be won by candidates loyal to President Vladimir Putin. Sunday’s elections are being seen as a dress rehearsal for next year’s vote for a national parliament, and the anti-Putin opposition was allowed to run in only one Russian region, Kostroma. (AP Photo/ Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

Candidates from the ruling United Russia party have won the governor's seat in all 21 regions where the election was held as well as in 11 regional legislatures.

Early results released Monday showed only one of the 21 United Russia candidates got less than 50 percent of the vote.

The RPR-Parnas opposition party, which was allowed for run for a regional parliament in only one region, the largely rural Kostroma, polled just under 2 percent of the vote.

The independent election monitor Golos said in a report Monday that the vote demonstrated the lack of political competition in Russia and showed the government's control over the results, starting from independent candidates being barred from running to not giving the opposition any air time for campaigning.