Members of a polling station count the votes on election day in the Dominican Republic on May 15, 2016. / AFP / afp / Fran Afonso
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Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina cruised toward an easy re-election victory Monday, after swaying voters with a booming economy and social projects despite stubborn poverty levels, high crime and accusations of graft.Results counted by hand from 55 percent of polling stations showed Medina's coalition won 62 percent of the vote. The remaining six candidates combined had about 3 percent of votes, including the first two women running for the presidency in a Dominican election.Medina had not declared victory on Monday and his rival did not concede.A left-of-center economist, Medina has enjoyed high popularity during much of his four-year term in the country of 10.4 million.
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