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Argentina's First Lady Leads Election

Argentina's first lady Christina Fernandez claimed victory in the presidential elections Sunday.

According to the AP, early results and exit polls show that Fernandez has enough votes to avoid a runoff with the other candidates. She needed at least 40 percent of the vote and had to have a lead of over 10 percent. Six independent news stations, a private radio station and an opposition newspaper said that their exit polling has Fernandez has easily won, according to the AP.

The NY Times reports that Fernandez is the first woman president of Argentina. If she wins, she will become the second woman elected to be a leader of a South American country in the past two years. They also report that Fernandez needs 45 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Her husband, Nestor Kirchner, is the current president of Argentina.