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| 6/2/2010 12:00:00 AM

New rival emerges in Colombian election: the World Cup

June 2--Juan Manuel Santos and Antanas Mockus are facing a new foe as they race to the finish in Colombia’s presidential campaign - World Cup football.

June 20 will be the day Colombians decide who will succeed Álvaro Uribe, the president credited with restoring security to many parts of the country amid a 45-year war against the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

But it is also the day Brazil takes on Ivory Coast and Paraguay plays Slovakia, making it even less likely that the 51 per cent of voters who abstained in the first round will get out of their armchairs.

Both candidates are working hard to win over some 3m voters whose candidates fell by the wayside on Sunday, and Mr Santos’s call for a “government of national unity” has sparked a furious round of dealmaking between party leaders.
 
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Gran encuesta presidencial

Vargas Lleras arranca fuerte, Petro está estancado, Fajardo tiene cómo crecer y los partidos tradicionales andan rezagados. Entre los uribistas, Ramos se ve fuerte. Y Santos tiene 35 por ciento de aceptación. Gran encuesta de Invamer para Caracol Televisión, Blu Radio y SEMANA.