Official results: Correa winning Ecuador election

Associated Press
Ecuador's President and candidate for re-election Rafael Correa, top right, and vice presidential candidate Jorge Glass, top left, accompanied by relatives, celebrate after presidential elections in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Although official results had still not been released, Correa celebrated his second re-election as Ecuador's president after an exit poll showed him leading by a wide margin. (AP Photo/Martin Jaramillo)
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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — First official results in Ecuador's presidential election show incumbent Rafael Correa leading with 56.6 percent of the vote against 24 percent for his closest challenger.

The results, with 30.5 percent of the vote counted, would mean that Correa has coasted to a third term.

None of the other six candidates had more than 6 percent.

Correa is a dynamic but polemical leftist economist who first took office in 2007.

He has spent heavily on the poor but drawn broad criticism as intolerant of dissent.

He confidently celebrated victory even before the first official results were announced.

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