Bulgaria Local Elections: Ivan Totev Reelected as Plovdiv Mayor after Close Race
Plovdiv's incumbent mayor Ivan Totev has won a second term in office, after a night of uncertainty as vote count suggested he and rival Slavcho Atanasov was running neck-to-neck.
With 100% of the voter protocols having been counted, Totev has 50.78% of ballots 1 lead of 1502 votes.
This has been the closest race in the run-off vote of Bulgaria's local elections held on Sunday.
After the first exit polls at 19:00 EET on Sunday suggested a clear lead (54.9%) for Totev, the gap with Atanasov, backed by the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition.
However, a parallel count by Alpha Research polling agency (which had initially reported Totev's victory) suggested Totev was only 0.4% ahead of Atanasov.
The vote in Bulgaria's second-largest city was particularly contested, with Atanasov and Totev having faced each other in the previous runoff in 2011, but also with the city being picked as a 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Atanasov had served as Mayor in the 2000s and got 45.1% after a relatively contested race in the first round of elections where none of the candidates in Plovdiv gained a majority.
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