December 22, 2019 / 6:27 PM / 2 months ago

Opposition candidate Milanovic leads in Croat presidential run: exit poll

Presidential candidate Zoran Milanovic talks to the media after casting his ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Zagreb, Croatia December 22, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

ZAGREB (Reuters) - The Socialist Democrats’ candidate Zoran Milanovic was leading in the first round of Croatia’s presidential election, an exit poll on state television showed on Sunday.

According to the poll, Milanovic was leading with 29.6% of votes with incumbent center-right president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) with 26.4%. Independent candidate Miroslav Skoro was in third place with 24.1%.

The first preliminary official results are expected at 1900 GMT. The first two out of 11 candidates will go to a second round of voting on Jan. 5, 2020.

Reporting by Igor Ilic; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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