Levchenko walks out of a voting booth at a polling station. REUTERS/Evgeny Kozyrev
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IRKUTSK, Russia: When Communist Sergei Levchenko beat the incumbent from President Vladimir Putin's party to become governor of Irkutsk region in Siberia Sunday, even the voters who backed him were surprised: The Kremlin doesn't lose elections. Levchenko resoundingly defeated incumbent Sergei Yeroshchenko to become the first politician to oust a candidate supported by Putin's United Russia Party since the Kremlin allowed voters to choose regional governors in 2012 .Nevertheless, by most local accounts, Levchenko achieved his victory campaigning for genuine change, while the United Russia political machine supported the incumbent.Yeroshchenko was one of a number of United Russia governors who voluntarily resigned in May, triggering an election.The Kremlin said the rare defeat proved that Russian elections were legitimate and transparent.The incumbent, Yeroshchenko, fell just short of victory in the first round with 49.6 percent, forcing a runoff with Levchenko who came second. Two days later, Levchenko and Gennady Zyuganov, the veteran Communist party leader, were invited to the Kremlin for a meeting.Levchenko confirmed the meeting took place but would not say what was discussed.
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