MiamiHerald / MOSCOW –– Russian President Vladimir Putin has cemented his position in power at the Kremlin by winning what early results indicated will be his largest-ever victory.

According to exit polls published by state media, Putin won 73.9 percent of the vote. The Central Election Commission said that with about a third of the ballots counted, more than 73.1 percent were for Putin.

Putin has been in power as president or prime minister for nearly two decades, and won with 63.6 percent in 2012.

After barely campaigning, and with no serious challengers, Putin is likely to dominate Russian politics for at least another six years.


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