- The race narrowed into a showdown between the country's hard-line judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief.
- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of a foreign conspiracy to undermine the vote.
- Iran's clerical vetting body had barred a range of prominent reformists and key allies of relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani to run in this election. Instead, it gave the green light to Raisi and several low-profile candidates, mostly hard-liners with little popular support.
- The Guardian Council's evisceration of any viable challengers has sparked widespread criticism and fueled calls for a boycott.
- Voter apathy was running deep even before the disqualifications, due partly to the devastated economy and subdued campaigning amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
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