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VOTING JUNKIE Georgia Opposition Wins Election STR / AP Photo

Georgia Opposition Wins Election

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.

October 2, 2012 6:56 AM