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CHISINAU, Moldova – Moldova's presidential election will go to a runoff after a pro-Russian candidate narrowly missed winning a majority of votes.
With almost all ballots counted early Monday, Igor Dodon won 48.26 percent, while pro-European rival Maia Sandu scored 38.42 percent.
There will now be a second round on Nov. 13 as no candidate secured a majority of the vote.
The election on Sunday was the first presidential election by direct vote in 20 years in this impoverished former Soviet republic.
Moldovans, angry about high-level corruption, were divided about whether to seek closer integration into Europe or rekindle ties with Moscow.