VIDEO - Ehud Barak won the first round of the battle for the Labor party chairmanship. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, with all votes tallied, he led Ami Ayalon 35.6% to 30.6 percent. But Barak can't declare victory quite yet. Since he failed to break the 40 percent bar necessary to win Labor party primaries, a run-off between the two top contenders will be held on June 12. Voter turnout for the primary elections reached 65.2 percent. Amir Peretz, the current chairman, came in far behind, with 22.4% of the votes. The other two candidates, Ophir Pines-Paz and Danny Yatom, had slighting more than 10% of votes combined. Peretz, despite his loss, said he still has a strong camp of supporters able to make waves within the party. "My camp is an obedient one that will go in the direction I will choose," he said in a closed meeting, after election results came out. Barak seems to agree with him, since his headquarters are already making moves towards unification. Barak associates said he may join camps with the former chairman in order to increase his chances of winning the run-off with Ayalon. A meeting between Barak and Peretz is scheduled for Tuesday morning. According to official results, Barak came in first Holon, Akko, Dimona, Ramle, Kiryat Shmona, Gvat, Na'an, HaGoshrim, Yagur, Mahana'im, Mishmar HaSharon, Evron, Kfar Rupin, Baeri, Degania Alef, Degania Bet, Hazerim, Maagan Michael, Ma'ale Hachamisha, Maagan, Mishmar HaNegev, Givat Haim Meuhad and Mishmar HaEmek. Ayalon came in first in Jerusalem - a traditional Barak stronghold - and Hod Hasharon. Amir Peretz won Safed, Sachnin and Lod. Ehud Barak casts his vote (photo: Niv Calderon) Knesset Member Yoram Marciano, the head of Peretz’s campaign headquarters, said, “the Peretz camp will remain a significant force in Labor’s social agenda,” he said. He expressed gratification that Peretz did not receive less than 10% of the vote, as some people had hoped. Pines, who only received 8.7% of the votes said: "I have known many successes and many disappointments in my political life, but as far as I'm concerned, today's result is not disillusionment. I was prepared for such results." He added that he would support the party and the chairman, no matter who it was. Earlier in the evening, campaign staffers for Ayalon reportedly called in a police unit to the Israeli-Arab town of Taibe to investigate possible irregularities. The staffers claimed that the ballot was hijacked by supporters of another candidate who made tallying the votes impossible. The results of the Labor elections have a direct impact on the sitting government since all the candidates aside from Peretz have threatened to withdraw from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's coalition. A change in leadership would force Olmert to seek replacements amongst the Knesset factions for the depleted coalition, which – at 59 MK's – constitutes less than half of the Knesset.