Mayors from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Ekrem İmamoğlu and Mansur Yavaş, are leading against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the most recent survey by private pollster Avrasya Araştırma revealed.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş received 43.9 percent of votes in a question where he was competing with the president for his office, and Erdoğan received merely 36.5 percent.
Meanwhile, Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu received 42.6 percent of votes in a question where he ran against the president, who received merely 37 percent of votes.
President Erdoğan has been at direct odds with both mayors in multiple situations since the local elections of 2019, blocking fundraising campaigns by the two and issuing press bans on their efforts to reveal fraud in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) administrations that preceded them.
While President Erdoğan's vote share dwindled in the presidential race, the AKP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) partnership lost voters as well, dropping to around 43 percent of votes.
The AKP's 35.6 percent, together with the MHP's mere 8.1 percent brought the People's Alliance up to 43.7 percent, with the partnership failing to cut the 50-percent threshold needed to be able to form a government.
The MHP also fails to hit the 10-percent threshold needed for parties to be able to assign deputies to parliament.
Meanwhile, the CHP received 25.3 percent of votes, Good (İYİ) Party some 13.4 percent and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 10.5 percent.