>> Russian President Vladimir Putin won another six years in power in an election Sunday. Securing close to 75% of the vote, according to the most recent exit poll. Putin's overwhelming and unsurprising victory puts him on track to rule Russia for nearly a quarter of a century. Until 2024 by which time he'll be 71 years old.
His reign in the Kremlin second only to Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin. His victory comes as Moscow takes an increasingly combative stance toward the Western world. Just before the election, Putin unveiled plans for a new nuclear arsenal. Putin promised to continue to ramp up Russia's military stature, and raise Russian standards of living.
The one thing that can mar his landslide victory on Sunday, would be low voter turnout. Turnout numbers are not yet available. Putin enjoyed the backing, by state broadcasters, and an approval rating around 80%. Opposition leader Alexi Navoni was barred from running in the race. Communist party challenger Pavel Grudinin came in second place with 11.2% of the vote.