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Poll: Chile Election Competitive Despite Conservative Gains

FILE - Senator Alejandro Guillier shown inside the Chilean congress in Valparaiso, Sept. 14, 2016.
FILE – Senator Alejandro Guillier shown inside the Chilean congress in Valparaiso, Sept. 14, 2016.

SANTIAGO —

A leftist senator running for president in Chile’s November election is tied in a head-to-head match-up with the right’s frontrunner, even as his support has slipped in recent months, a poll released on Thursday showed.

The survey by pollster MORI shows Alejandro Guillier, a leftist former television journalist, winning 33 percent of the vote in a potential runoff, with conservative ex-President Sebastian Pinera taking 32 percent. The remainder of participants did not respond, did not know who they would vote for, or said they would not cast a ballot.

Chile is set to hold the first round of its presidential election on Nov. 19. If no candidate wins more the 50 percent, the top two will face off in a head-to-head matchup scheduled for Dec. 17.

The one-percentage-point difference between the two candidates is within…

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