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Presidential candidate Georgy Margvelashvili (C) talks to a woman as he visits a polling station during the presidential election in Tbilisi, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgy Margvelashvili, an ally of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, is on course to win a crushing victory in Georgia's presidential election, exit polls showed after voting ended on Sunday.
The exit polls suggested the 44-year-old member of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition would win more than two-thirds of the votes, easily enough to avoid a run-off in the former Soviet republic. He will replace Mikheil Saakashvili, who was unable to seek a third term after ruling for a decade.
GfK, a leading European market research group, put Margvelashvili on 66.7 percent of votes. ACT, a Georgian public opinion research group, put him on 68 percent.
(Reporting by Margarita Antidze, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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