The polls have opened in Romania with incumbent Klaus Iohannis the favorite to win, but the vote may need to go to a second round. Thirteen others are vying for the presidency; the two main challengers are way behind.
Romanians began voting in their presidential election on Sunday with incumbent Klaus Iohannis likely to need a runoff to secure a second term.
Polls suggest the 60-year-old centrist liberal will receive some 40% support but will lack the absolute majority needed in the first round to guarantee his continued tenure.
That would mean a runoff on November 24 with either of the two other main candidates, the Social Democrats’ (PSD) leader, Viorica Dancila, or center-right Dan Barna from the Save Romanian Union party.
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