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Colombia: Poll Gives Santos Slight Lead in Presidential Runoff

By: PanAm Post Staff - Jun 6, 2014, 11:15 am

EspañolRecent surveys in Colombia predict a close presidential runoff with a slight advantage for President Juan Manuel Santos over opposition candidate Oscar Iván Zuluaga. According to a poll by Datexco, Santos is expected to win with a 4.2 percent margin over Zuluaga, while a Gallup survey suggests only a 0.8 percent advantage.

According to Datexco, the Social Party of National Unity candidate would win with 41.9 percent of the vote, while Zuluaga, running for the Democratic Change party, would gain only 37.7 percent. The study also shows that 5.8 percent of voters remain undecided, while 13.8 percent do not plan to vote for either candidate and will instead cast a blank ballot. These two groups account for almost 20 percent of voters that could decisively sway the elections one way or the other.

In the Gallup poll, the study showed that a virtual tie is expected in Bogotá, the nation’s capital. Zuluaga is predicted to receive 47.5 percent of the capital’s votes, with Santos earning 47.4 percent.

Both surveys point to a polarization of Colombian politics and one of the closest elections in the country’s history.

Source: El Tiempo.