The Latest on Ukraine’s presidential runoff: (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Corruption and economic stagnation are big issues for voters in Ukraine’s presidential runoff.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, and Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right, argue their debates at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, and Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right, argue their debates at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Lyudmila Potrebko, a 22-year-old computer programmer, cast her ballot for Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old comedian who is challenging President Petro Poroshenko.

She says “I have grown up under the old politicians and only have seen empty promises, lies and corruption … It’s time to change that.”

Zelenskiy, 41, got twice as many votes as Poroshenko in the first round three weeks ago. Like his sitcom character, a teacher thrust into the presidency after a video of him blasting corruption goes viral, he has focused on fighting graft, riding the wave of public distrust of Ukraine’s political elite.

Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko participate in their final electoral campaign debate at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko participate in their final electoral campaign debate at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Many voters in this nation of 42 million are struggling to survive on meager wages and soaring utility bills.

Irina Fakhova, a 55-year-old sales clerk, says “we have grown poor under Poroshenko and have to save to buy food and clothing … we have had enough of them getting mired in corruption and filling their pockets and treating us as fools.”

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Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy gestures after the final debate of the electoral campaign with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy gestures after the final debate of the electoral campaign with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

8 a.m.

Polls have opened in Ukraine’s presidential runoff as the nation’s incumbent leader struggles to fend off a strong challenge by a comedian who denounces corruption and plays the role of president in a TV sitcom.

Opinion surveys ahead of Sunday’s vote have shown 53-year-old President Petro Poroshenko trailing far behind comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, reflecting public dismay with endemic corruption, a moribund economy and a five-year fight against Russia-backed insurgents in the country’s east.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sings the national anthem after debates between two candidates in the weekend presidential run-off at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sings the national anthem after debates between two candidates in the weekend presidential run-off at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Zelenskiy, 41, got twice as many votes as Poroshenko in the first round three weeks ago. Like his sitcom character, a teacher thrust into the presidency after a video of him blasting corruption goes viral, he has focused on fighting graft, riding the wave of public distrust of Ukraine’s political elite.

Poroshenko, a billionaire candy magnate before taking office, has relied on traditional political barnstorming, using sympathetic television stations to extensively cover his appearances. Zelenskiy, however, has largely stayed away from the campaign trail and eschewed interviews. He has run his campaign mainly on Instagram, where he has 3.7 million followers.

A woman leaves a booth at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman leaves a booth at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman holds her ballot before voting at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman holds her ballot before voting at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man with a dog holds his ballot before voting at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man with a dog holds his ballot before voting at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman and her daughter, left, leave a booth at a polling station during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A woman and her daughter, left, leave a booth at a polling station during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man casts his ballot at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A man casts his ballot at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
An Orthodox priest casts his ballot at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
An Orthodox priest casts his ballot at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A woman leaves a booth at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A woman leaves a booth at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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