Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:41 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2013 12:42 AM
MOSCOW (AP) Election officials say Moscow's incumbent mayor has been re-elected with 51 percent of the vote, just enough to avoid a run-off against opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The Moscow Election Commission said Monday morning that Sergei Sobyanin received 51 percent and Navalny, who energized the race into one of the most competitive in a decade, garnered 27 percent with all the votes counted.
Navalny's campaign chief said overnight they will not recognize the official results because of vote-rigging they say they have witnessed.
Navalny has yet to comment on the results.
The Moscow mayoral race was being watched as a pivotal test for the Russian opposition and for Navalny, who was recently convicted of embezzlement on charges he says were politically motivated.