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Poll shows Guatemalan presidential candidates in close race

Poll shows Guatemalan presidential candidates in close race

Guatemala's top two presidential candidates are running about even just over a week before the Sept. 9 elections, according to a poll published Friday.
Conducted by Vox Latina for the newspaper El Periodico, the poll predicted that Alvaro Colom, a three-time candidate from the centrist National Unity of Hope party, would capture 30.7 percent of the vote.
Otto Perez, a retired general running with the Patriotic Party and who promises to be tough on crime, has gained ground in recent weeks and was second in the survey with 27.7 percent.
If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two advance to a runoff Nov. 4.
Ruling party candidate Alejandro Giammatei was third with 10.5 percent, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu was fourth with 5.7 percent. Menchu is the first Mayan woman to run for president in Guatemala, where nearly half the population is Mayan.
The rest of those polled said they would vote for one of 10 other candidates or were undecided.
The poll surveyed 1,008 registered voters in face-to-face interviews Aug. 13-26 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.


Updated : 2021-05-17 03:56 GMT+08:00