Nationalist Nikolic wins first-round vote
( dpa ) - Serbian ultra-nationalist leader Tomislav Nikolic won first place in Sunday's presidential election and would lead pro- European incumbent Boris Tadic into a runoff vote in two weeks, early unofficial results indicated.
Nikolic won 39.4 per cent of the ballots cast and Tadic 35.4 per cent, amid record turnout for a presidential poll in Serbia topping 60 per cent, the private Centre for Free and Democratic Elections (Cesid) said.
All of the remaining seven candidates remained below 8 per cent.
Cesid's chief analyst Zoran Lucic said that the number of the ballots counted so far was small and that the percentages would shift slightly.
A run-off election would be held on February 3 as no candidate had won 50 per cent.