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Ahmadinejad Declared Winner By State Media

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But it’s not over…yet.

Although I’m not sure what recourse the challenger will have given the wide margins. The “irregularities” argument only works if you’re somewhat close, and this margin is nearly 2 to 1.

From Reuters:

State media declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of Iran’s election but challenger Mirhossein Mousavi alleged irregularities and claimed victory for himself.

The state election commission said early Saturday that Ahmadinejad, a hardline conservative, was ahead with 66 percent of the votes in Friday’s election after 21 million ballots were counted.

Ahmadinejad’s main challenger, moderate former prime minister Mirhossein Mousavi, had 31 percent, according to the commission, which is part of the Interior Ministry. It said 61 percent of all ballot boxes had now been counted.

The official news agency IRNA said: “Dr Ahmadinejad, by winning most votes at the 10th presidential election, has secured his victory.” It said results would be announced at 8 a.m. (0330 GMT).

Consider me incredibly disappointed. Not just because my gut was way off (supposedly), but because we have to deal with a hardliner instead of a moderate.