In his presidential run, Samara Governor Konstantin Titov took 1.5 percent of the vote nationwide and came in third in Samara, behind Putin and Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov. In the face of this humiliation, Titov, who ran on a pro-democracy, right-wing platform, last week resigned as governor. The regional legislature set a new election date in June, and Titov has not ruled out running for a fresh mandate for his old job. If he does run, observers say he stands an excellent chance of winning.