Sunday’s runoff will see Daniel Martínez of the leftist Broad Front face off against Luis Lacalle Pou of the center-right National Party. Martínez won the first round with 39.02 percent of the vote, followed by Lacalle Pou’s 28.62 percent. The Broad Front has won Uruguay’s past three presidential contests, but it might not be able to pull off a fourth win.
The first-round results suggest an uphill battle for the Broad Front. Ernesto Talvi, the Colorado Party presidential candidate, and Guido Manini Ríos, Open Town Hall’s candidate, were quick to throw their support behind Lacalle Pou — as did the leaders of two other minor parties. If voters follow their lead, the National Party candidate would be on track to victory in the runoff.
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