Update: Later Friday morning, it was confirmed that Segolene Royal was elected the Socialist candidate to run for the French presidency.
As of early Friday, French Television exit polls suggest that Segolene Royal will be the Socialist party's candidate for President. Royal, 53, has apparently swept past her two main rivals, former Finance Minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn and ex-Prime Minister Laurent Fabius.
If Royal is confirmed as the Socialist nomination in Thursday's ballot, she could become France's first female president. Of course she'll have to fend off expected challengers Nikolas Sarkozy and possibly Dominique deVillepin in the election next spring. A Socialist party official told Agence France Presse that voters had made "a clear choice."