Georgia Opposition Wins Election

    Georgia's billionaire and opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili reacts with  supporters at his office in Tbilisi Georgia, Monday, Oct.1, 2012. Georgia's opposition coalition 'Georgian Dream' is leading the country's just-concluded parliamentary elections, according to the exit polls of a U.S.-based exit poll specialist company Edison Research and a Germany-based market research company GfK on Monday. Voters in Georgia are choosing a new parliament in a heated election Monday that will decide the future of President Mikhail Saakashvili's government. (AP Photo/str)

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    There’s nothing like the smell of exit polls in the morning. Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili and the opposition party have upset incumbent Mikheil Saakashvili in parliamentary elections. The Georgian Dream coalition had a 10 percent lead in early vote counts and had probably won more than half of the popular vote, ending a nine-year run by the United National Movement. Ivanishvili ran on a platform that focused on poverty issues, the strong ruling style of Saakashvili, and a softer stance on Russian relations.

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