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Netanyahu Wins Likud Primary With 80 Percent of Votes

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won overwhelmingly, as expected, Wednesday’s Likud leadership race with 80 percent of the votes, trouncing sole challenger Danny Danon, who garnered just 20% of the ballots.

The Likud’s 96,000 registered party supporters also chose the party’s Knesset list. According to preliminary results, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan and Tourism Minister Yisrael Katz were neck and neck in the race for the second slot on the list, under Netanyahu. As of 8:30 a.m. only 25 percent of the ballots were tallied. The final list will be published Thursday afternoon.

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