Argentina's First Lady Elected as New President

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's first lady, Cristina Fernandez, is claiming victory in Sunday's presidential election with early results and exit polls suggesting she's avoided a runoff. She would be the first woman elected president of the South American country.

Six independent television networks, a private radio station and an opposition newspaper report their exit polling indicates Fernandez has easily won a first-round victory.

Fernandez has been compared to Senator Hillary Clinton, who, like her, is a lawyer and senator who soldiered alongside a husband as he rose from small-state governor to his nation's presidency.

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