With most votes counted Ms. Fernández wins 53%

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has won a landslide re-election victory.

Ms. Fernández won 53 percent of the vote Sunday with most of the votes counted. She was 36 percentage points ahead of her nearest of six rivals, the Socialist governor of Santa Fe province, Hermes Binner.

It is a bittersweet victory for Ms. Fernández whose husband, former president Nestor Kirchner, died of a heart attack a year ago this week. Ms. Fernandez, who succeeded her husband in 2007, struggled to hold back her tears when she cast her ballot in his hometown of Rio Gallegos.

Political experts in Argentina say voter sympathy and Argentina’s strong economy helped Ms. Fernández win re-election.

President Fernández said she feels very proud to be Argentine, especially when she looks at the rest of the world economy.

President Fernández is the first woman re-elected president in Latin America.

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