The leading candidate of the Liberal Party (PNL), which has been in power for a few days, received between 39 and 40 percent of the votes cast. Behind them, the Social Democrats (PSD) candidate, ex-Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, and Dan Barna, head of the young reform party "Union Saves Romania" (USR), head to head for the final round of the electoral round against Johannis.
According to the predictions of the pollsters CURS / Avangarde and IRES Dancila comes to 22.5 and 22.0 percent of the votes cast. Barna is in third place with 16.4 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively. However, since neither poll of polls takes into account the voting behavior of the nearly 700,000 foreign rallies that voted this time, Dancila's projected lead dangers to melt away in the course of the vote round.
Traditionally, the Romanian voters living abroad belong only to a small extent to the PSD electorate, so that USR chief Barna could ultimately use their votes to make it to the runoff election. For the Social Democrats and their party leader, who had already been sentenced to the European election, and who emerged from the Communist Party, this would be an electoral debacle without equal: for the first time since the fall of communism, the decisive round of a presidential race would be held without the PSD candidate and, moreover, exclusively by decidedly pro-European politicians.
Voter turnout over 50 percent
According to the Romanian electorate, domestic voter turnout was 47.66 percent; In addition to the record international ratings, which this time was voted on over a period of three days, it should ultimately be more than 50 percent.
Reliable results due to the elimination of ballots was only expected on Monday. The official election result is expected on Wednesday.
Dancila was Prime Minister of Romania from January 2018 until a week ago and had been sentenced in Parliament by a vote of no confidence. Her successor was Ludovic Orban, chairman of the petty party PNL, which supports the non-party Johannis.
The populist actor and ex-deputy Mircea Diaconu, formed by ALDE and Pro Romania, came to eight percent of the vote; the remaining candidates remained all – sometimes far – below the ten-percent mark.
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