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| 2/17/2010 12:00:00 AM

Uribe would win Colombian election: poll

Feb 17--Colombian President Alvaro Uribe would win election if he ran for a third term, but if he stepped aside, his former defense minister Juan Manuel Santos is the strongest contender, a poll shows.

Uribe, a conservative first elected in 2002, has not said whether he will seek re-election in May. The Constitutional Court is about to rule on a referendum on whether to change the constitution and allow him to seek four more years in office.

Should Uribe run, 46 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for him, followed by former Medellin mayor Sergio Fajardo and leftist candidate Gustavo Petro, each with 9 percent approval, according to the Centro Nacional de Consultoria poll broadcast by CM& television Tuesday night.

Supporters are pushing for the re-election of Uribe, a U.S. ally who is popular for his drive against left-wing rebels. But time is short with only three months before the presidential ballot and some analysts see support for re-election slipping.
 
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