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French President Emmanuel Macron is projected to have won reelection for a second term, according to tallies. Macron beat out challenger Marine Le Pen, a conservative populist challenger making her third run for president.
As of this writing, Macron had a substantial lead, besting Le Pen by a margin near 57% to 43%. An estimated two-thirds of the country turned out for the vote, and close to a third of voters who cast ballots abstained from voting for president.
The race garnered widespread attention after the preliminary results, in which the two candidates were separated by less than five points. The candidacy of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who grabbed 22% in the first round of voting but was eliminated in the country’s run-off voting structure, led to speculation Macron may lose.
Macron held a formal victory party yesterday evening.