JAKARTA, Indonesia – Exit poll suggests that the challenger Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama have beaten incumbent Fauzi "Foke" Bowo and running mate Nachrowi Ramli in Jakarta's gubernatorial run-off, according to local media reports.
Voters went to the polls Thursday (September 20th) after Joko won July's first round, but not by the 50% margin required for victory. Kompas reported Thursday after the polls closed that the popular mayor of Solo, who is backed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), won more than 53% this time around. Official results will not be announced until September 29th.
According to The Jakarta Globe, Joko thanked his campaign team and supporters during a Thursday afternoon press conference outside his Menteng campaign headquarters, saying "let's work our best for a better Jakarta." He told reporters that the incumbent had called to congratulate him. The race was billed as a barometer of Indonesia's 2014 presidential election.