Ebrahim Raisi has won the Iranian presidential election

Raisi will now become the first serving Iranian president to be sanctioned by the U.S. government before entering office due to human rights abuses.
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that is going to happen. Iran announcing this morning Ebrahim raise has won the presidential election. Half of the voters stayed away from the polls. Martha Raddatz is in Iran with what this could mean for relations with the U.S. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning. The voter turnout was very small, despite a get-out-the-vote campaign push. This morning, the first images of newly elected president hard-line cleric, Ebrahim raisi, alongside the outgoing president hassan rouhani. But it was clear before the final count that raise would be the winner. Can I ask who you voted for? Raisi. Reporter: And why? Because I thought it's a true choice, to change our situation. Reporter: Raisi, who has the backing of Iran's supreme leader, will be the first-ever serving Iranian president sanctioned by the U.S. Government before entering office. Raisi was placed on a sanctions list in 2019 for human rights abuses. Though he has voiced support for the Iran nuclear deal, his strong anti-western attitude may make it difficult for president Biden to achieve the longer deal he is likely hoping for. One of the key foreign policy platforms of candidate Biden was to reinstitute the obama-era nuclear course with Iran. It will continue to be a hard-line Iranian regime. Which be a challenge. Reporter: The win comes as no surprise, in an election that many believe was already decided. There were 500 candidates that wanted to run for president, but the majority of them were disqualified. A few dropped out and it was narrowed down to only four. This morning, the Iranian government saying less than 50% of eligible voters cast ballots. Down from 73% in 2017. This is the feeling of many, many Iranians that our will simply doesn't matter. Reporter: But overnight, these voters lining up at mosques and schools to cast their ballots. Raisi, now tasked with rebuilding Iran's failing economy. As daily essentials are at least doubled in cost. The cost of milk up by 90%. And basic household items like fruit and vegetables, now seen as luxuries. Raisi does not take over for several months, leaving that nuclear deal in limbo. Whit? An important vote. Martha Raddatz in Iran. Thank you so much. We appreciate it.

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