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Turkey's Erdogan seen leading race in key election runoff

Rival Kilicdaroglu takes risky last-minute bets to catch up

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and his rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, speak ahead of the nation's first ever presidential runoff on May 28. (Photos by Ken Kobayashi)

ISTANBUL --Turkey will hold its first ever runoff presidential election on Sunday, after both President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu failed to reach more than 50% of the vote when the country went to the polls on May 14.

But after racking up 49.52% in the first round -- a 4.64 percentage point lead over Kilicdaroglu -- and securing a comfortable majority in parliament, many see Erdogan as being closest to winning the decisive runoff.

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