Sobyanin 'on track' to win a Moscow mayoral election

Two exit polls have indicated Kremlin favourite Sergei Sobyanin was on track to win the Moscow mayoral election with about 53 per cent of the vote, according to state-run RIA and Itar-Tass news agencies.

But opposition candidate Alexei Navalny has disputed the results.

Exit polls showed Sergei Sobyanin was on track to win a Moscow mayoral election. Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Sobyanin, the Kremlin-appointed acting mayor, needed at least 50 per cent to win the election outright and avoid a runoff. Navalny's campaign said its own exit polls showed Sobyanin received 46 per cent and Navalny 29 per cent.