The New York Times | 3/29/2010 12:00:00 AM
Santos, Sanin favoured in Colombia election race-poll
March 29--Former Colombian Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos leads the race for May's presidential vote, but would likely face Conservative candidate Noemi Sanin in a June run-off, a poll said on Sunday.
Santos, head of Uribe's U Party, would win 36 percent of the votes and Sanin, a former foreign minister, 17 percent in the first round, according to local pollster Ipsos-Napoleon Franco printed in Semana weekly news magazine.
Sunday's poll results mirror two recent surveys showing the June run-off will likely be between Santos and Sanin, who both claim to be heirs to Uribe's successful security campaign and promise to bring more social and economic development.
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