Ex-Prime Minister Alexander Stubb wins first round of Finland’s presidential vote to set up a runoff

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HELSINKI (AP) — Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb won the first round of Finland's presidential election on Sunday and will face runner-up ex-Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in a runoff next month. The vote centered on the Nordic nation's new role as a NATO front-line country with Russia, and the security situation in Europe. With 99.8% of the votes counted, Stubb won the first round of the presidential election with 27.2% of the votes, while Haavisto, an ex-foreign minister, took second place with 25.8%. Parliamentary Speaker Jussi Halla-aho came in third place with 19% followed by Bank of Finland governor Olli...