Reform Candidate Wins First Round of Voting

From Times Wire Reports

Opposition reformer Viktor Yushchenko barely edged out the pro-Kremlin candidate in the first round of the presidential vote, setting up a runoff later this month for the leadership of the former Soviet republic, official results showed.

Yushchenko won 39.87%, half a percentage point ahead of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych in the Oct. 31 balloting, the Central Elections Commission announced.

Earlier counts had shown Yanukovych narrowly ahead. The two face a Nov. 21 runoff.