The Washington Post | 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.
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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