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The Latest: Finland's president barrels toward re-election

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  • The independent presidential candidate Sauli Niinisto at his election reception in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.  Finns were casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting in the Nordic nation. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

    The independent presidential candidate Sauli Niinisto at his election reception in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns were casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting in the Nordic nation. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
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  • Green Party's presidential candidate Pekka Haavisto, right, and his partner Antonio Flores arrive to cast their votes for the presidential elections in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Green Party's presidential candidate Pekka Haavisto, right, and his partner Antonio Flores arrive to cast their votes for the presidential elections in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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  • People wait to vote during the presidential election at the Helsinki City Hall in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in the election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

    People wait to vote during the presidential election at the Helsinki City Hall in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in the election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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  • Campaign posters of Finnish presidential candidates are displayed in front of the presidential palace in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in the election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Campaign posters of Finnish presidential candidates are displayed in front of the presidential palace in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in the election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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  • The Green Party's candidate Pekka Haavisto attends an election night rally in House of the Estates in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.  Finns were casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting in the Nordic nation. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

    The Green Party's candidate Pekka Haavisto attends an election night rally in House of the Estates in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns were casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting in the Nordic nation. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)
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  • The independent presidential candidate Sauli Niinisto arrives at his election reception in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.  Finns were casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting in the Nordic nation. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

    The independent presidential candidate Sauli Niinisto arrives at his election reception in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns were casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting in the Nordic nation. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
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  • A voter casts his ballot during the presidential elections at the Helsinki City Hall in Helsinki, Finland Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in an election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

    A voter casts his ballot during the presidential elections at the Helsinki City Hall in Helsinki, Finland Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in an election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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  • Campaign posters of Finnish presidential candidates are displayed in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in the election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Campaign posters of Finnish presidential candidates are displayed in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Finns are voting for a new president in the election that's expected to see the highly popular incumbent score a win during Sunday's first round. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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HELSINKI -- The Latest on the presidential election in Finland (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Finland's incumbent president is barreling toward another six years in office with nearly 60 percent of ballots counted in the Nordic country's election.

President Sauli Niinisto was winning with 63.8 percent of the votes cast Sunday. His closest rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 10.9 percent.

None of the other six candidates had received more than 7 percent.

Niinisto needs a majority to prevent a runoff and to win re-election outright.

Haavisto has conceded Niinisto's victory. He told Finnish national broadcaster YLE that Niinisto "is the republic's new president with this result."

Niinisto, a former finance minister and parliament speaker, has been a highly popular president since he took office in 2012.

He ran as an independent with no association to the conservative National Coalition Party that he earlier chaired.

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9:50 a.m.

Finns are casting ballots in a presidential election, with incumbent Sauli Niinisto considered the favorite to win the first round of voting in the Nordic nation.

Recent polls predict the 69-year-old Niinisto will get between 58 and 63 percent of the vote while his closest rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, would garner some 14 percent.

If none of the eight candidates running Sunday achieves a majority, the top two will face each other in a Feb. 11 runoff. The post has a six-year term.

Niinisto, a former finance minister and parliament speaker, has been very popular since taking office in 2012. He is running as an independent with no association to the conservative National Coalition Party that he earlier chaired.

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