Raggi took 67.2 percent of the vote to become the city’s first female mayor and, at 37, also its youngest.
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An anti-establishment party founded by a clown has triumphed in Italian mayoral runoff elections, trouncing Premier Matteo Renzi's candidates in Rome and another key city and turning its sights Monday toward its next goal – national power.The 5-Star Movement candidate in Rome, Virginia Raggi, a lawyer with a three-year stint as a city councilwoman, took 67.2 percent of the vote in a two-person runoff Sunday, becoming the corruption-stained capital city's first female mayor and, at 37, also its youngest.While the 5-Stars boast they run for office without making political alliances, it was unclear how much their victories Sunday received unsolicited help from other parties. In some cities, right-wing parties shut out of the runoffs urged their followers to vote for 5-Star candidates to ensure the defeat of Renzi's forces.Raggi's commanding victory in Rome also reverberated in the sports world.If the new mayor nixes Rome's candidacy, it would effectively doom the bid's shot at success.
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