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Sunday: Runoff Fight and Morales

sunday: Morales topped the eight other candidates in Sunday's presidential election, but the last released results showed him falling a few points short of the percentage needed to avoid the first runoff in his nearly 14 years in power, according to CTV. Still, he claimed an outright victory late Sunday, saying the uncounted votes would be enough to give him a fourth term. Opponents had suggested that officials were trying to help Morales avoid a runoff fight in which he could lose to a unified opposition. He told supporters at the presidential palace that the people again imposed their will. Sunday -- a point at which Morales had a lead of 45.3% to 38.2% over the second-place candidate, former President Carlos Mesa. Bolivia's top electoral authority stopped announcing new results at 7 45 p.m. ( As reported in the news.