Hollande Wins French Runoff Vote, Ousts Sarkozy

Socialist looks to have won with 52%-53% of vote

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2012 12:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Socialist Francois Hollande looks like the likely winner of France's tightly-contested runoff election today, according to early exit polls, defeating conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande edged out Sarkozy in the first round of voting, and early returns show him up with between 52% and 53% of the vote. Sarkozy, meanwhile, has between 46.7% and 48% of the results, reports the Wall Street Journal. "It's going to be a long day," Hollande said at his polling station, according to the BBC. "It's up to the French people to decide if it's going to be a good day." Voting ends at 2pm Eastern.

Francois Hollande visits a village in the neighborhoods of Tulle, southwest France, on May 6, 2012.
Francois Hollande visits a village in the neighborhoods of Tulle, southwest France, on May 6, 2012.   (Getty Images)
Partially torn posters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande are seen in Paris Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Partially torn posters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande are seen in Paris Sunday, May 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A French voter walks past posters of Socialist candidate Francois Hollande and French President Nicolas Sarkozy as he arrives to cast his ballot, on May 6, 2012.
A French voter walks past posters of Socialist candidate Francois Hollande and French President Nicolas Sarkozy as he arrives to cast his ballot, on May 6, 2012.   (Getty Images)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy waves to wellwishers as he and wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave after voting in Paris, Sunday, May 6, 2012.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy waves to wellwishers as he and wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave after voting in Paris, Sunday, May 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)
A drop of water that reflected the campaign poster of Nicolas Sarkozy, two days ahead of the second round of the election.
A drop of water that reflected the campaign poster of Nicolas Sarkozy, two days ahead of the second round of the election.   (Getty Images)
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