Prime Minister’s Pick Likely Win in Georgia Presidential Election

Exit polls show Margvelashvili with 67 percent of the vote

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Georgy Abdaladze / AP

Georgian Dream ruling coalition's presidential candidate Georgy Margvelashvili, left, kisses his daughter Anna, outside a polling station during presidential election in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sunday, Oct. 27.

Exit polls in Georgia’s presidential election Sunday point to Giorgi Margvelashvili as the clear winner, with almost 67 percent of the vote.

Sitting President Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been in power for almost a decade, came in second place with 20 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reports.

Billionaire and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili selected Margvelashvili, a former university rector who has little political experience.