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Niinistö's landslide re-election victory breaks political records

The election that secured Sauli Niinistö a second six-year term as president on Sunday was historic for a number of reasons, but voter turnout wasn't one of them.

Sunday's presidential election made Finnish political history. A total of some 1,874,344 voters chose the incumbent head of state Sauli Niinistö — more than any candidate has ever received in the first round.

Niinistö, Finland's 12th President, was the most popular candidate across Finland's more than 200 municipalities, by a long shot. At the opposite end of the spectrum was Swedish People's Party candidate Nils Torvalds, who failed to secure any votes at all in five municipalities.

Early voting figures hit a new record of 1.5 million ballots, even though the overall voting percentage went down from six years ago. In this election 69.8 percent of voters headed to the polls, while the number in 2012 was some 72.8 percent.

The biggest voter turnout was in Luoto in Ostrobothnia, where 84.6 percent of locals went to the polls. The lowest turnout, 49.6 percent, was in the municipality of Geta in Swedish-speaking Åland.

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Runners-up split the country into three regions. The Finns Party's creationist and anti-immigration candidate Laura Huhtasaari dominated the polls in the western region of Satakunta, while renegade veteran Paavo Väyrynen received the most support in Lapland municipalities. Regions in the rest of the country mostly backed either ex-PM Matti Vanhanen or Green candidate and overall runner-up Pekka Haavisto.

Merja Kyllönen
Pekka Haavisto
Matti Vanhanen
Laura Huhtasaari
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Voting map: Merja Kyllönen

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Joensuu reflects Finland

The voting results in the city of Joensuu most closely represented overall national results. Niinistö received 62.7 percent of all votes nationally, while he pooled 63.4 percent in Joensuu.

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