Berlusconi's candidate wins elections in Sardinia
Associated Press
2009-02-17 06:55 PM
Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives have won elections in Sardinia, picking up another victory after their return to power last year and a string of good showings in local ballots across Italy.

Near final returns Tuesday showed that Berlusconi's candidate, Ugo Cappellacci, won the governorship of the island with 51.9 percent of the vote against 42.9 percent for outgoing center-left governor Renato Soru.

Soru founded the Internet service provider Tiscali SpA, which is based in Sardinia, and stepped down as chairman of the company to run for office in 2004.

Berlusconi had campaigned hard in Sardinia to back Cappellacci, who is a member of the premier's party and has held posts in the island's administration.

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