In Athens, Costas Bakoyannis, son of former conservative mayor Dora Bakoyannis and nephew of opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has been elected with over 65% of the vote against a candidate backed by the ruling left-wing Syriza.
In the Attica region, where nearly 30% of Greece's registered voters live, regional governor Rena Dourou, a prominent Syriza member, was trounced Sunday by conservative Giorgos Patoulis, who is getting around 66% of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting.
Although there were a few hiccups, such as the election in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, of a dissident conservative over the official one, and a similar result in the North Aegean region, Mitsotakis' New Democracy party confirmed its position as the top party and the favorite to win a snap national election on July 7.
Turnout was significantly lower than last Sunday. In regional elections, it dropped from 58% to 41% and in local ones from 59% to 44%.
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