MONTEVIDEO – Broad Front presidential candidate Tabare Vazquez is leading his rival with the National Party, Luis Lacalle Pou, in the voter intention polls in the runup to the Nov. 30 runoff, according to a survey published Wednesday by Interconsult.
The survey found that Vazquez, along with his running mate Raul Sendic, are favored by 50 percent of those who say they intend to go to the polls, while Lacalle Pou and running mate Jorge Larrañaga would obtain 39 percent of the votes, with 5 percent saying they intend to cast blank ballots and 6 percent saying they are undecided.
Voters with the Colorado Party and the Independent Party, which are not competing in the runoff between the two top vote-getters in the first electoral round, make up the bulk of the citizens who still have not decided which candidate to vote for.
Regarding Broad Front voters, the survey found that 98 percent of those who voted in the Oct. 26 first round will do so again, while 1 percent say they will now vote for Lacalle Pou and the same percentage say they are undecided.
Meanwhile, 95 percent of the National Party voters will go to the polls again, along with 78 percent of the Colorado supporters, 19 percent of the Independent Party supporters, along with 35 percent of those who originally cast blank ballots or voted for other parties.
The same survey found that in Montevideo the Broad Front would maintain the support it garnered in October and would increase its support in the interior, while Lacalle Pou would increase his support in both regions, although more so in the capital than in the country’s interior.
Other voter surveys published to date show that the Broad Front holds a 52-53 percent advantage over the challengers, who have received the verbal support of 35-38 percent of the electorate, and election observers expect that Vazquez will win the runoff rather handily.
On Oct. 26, the top vote-getter – Vazquez – received 47.9 percent of the votes, thus ensuring that a runoff would be held, given that no candidate obtained an outright majority.
Lacalle Pou obtained 30.9 percent of the votes, while Colorado Party candidate Pedro Bordaberry pulled in 12.9 percent.