RELIGION

Early results show defeat for Jakarta's Christian governor

  • Gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan, center, is mobbed by the press after giving his vote during the local election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Millions of Indonesians in the capital Jakarta are electing a governor Wednesday in a poll that pits the minority Christian incumbent, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, against Baswedan, a former Cabinet minister who has courted the support of conservative clerics who oppose electing a non-Muslim. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan, center, is mobbed by the press after giving his vote during the local election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Millions of Indonesians in the capital Jakarta are electing a governor Wednesday in a poll that pits the minority Christian incumbent, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, against Baswedan, a former Cabinet minister who has courted the support of conservative clerics who oppose electing a non-Muslim. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather as ballots are counted during the runoff election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Residents of the Indonesian capital are electing a governor after a polarizing campaign that undermined Indonesia's reputation for practicing a tolerant form of Islam. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    People gather as ballots are counted during the runoff election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Residents of the Indonesian capital are electing a governor after a polarizing campaign that undermined Indonesia's reputation for practicing a tolerant form of Islam. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)  (The Associated Press)

  • An electoral worker shows off empty box after counting ballots during the runoff gubernatorial election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Residents of the Indonesian capital are electing a governor after a polarizing campaign that undermined Indonesia's reputation for practicing a tolerant form of Islam. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    An electoral worker shows off empty box after counting ballots during the runoff gubernatorial election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Residents of the Indonesian capital are electing a governor after a polarizing campaign that undermined Indonesia's reputation for practicing a tolerant form of Islam. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)  (The Associated Press)

Preliminary election results show the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital has been resoundingly defeated by his Muslim challenger after a campaign that highlighted the country's religious and racial divides.

So called "quick counts" by 10 research companies show former Cabinet minister Anies Baswedan winning between 55 and 60 percent of votes with more than half of ballots counted.

Incumbent Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama is on trial for blasphemy and hundreds of thousands protested against him in Jakarta, deriding his Chinese ancestry and calling for him to be imprisoned or killed.

Baswedan courted the support of conservative clerics who opposed electing a non-Muslim.

The polarizing campaign has undermined Indonesia's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam.