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Opposition Leader Is Now Favorite to Win Kenya Presidential Vote

  • Odinga takes lead over rival candidate Ruto in latest poll
  • Opinion poll conducted after candidates named running mates
Raila Odinga
Raila OdingaPhotographer: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who’s running for president for a fifth time, drew ahead of rival candidate Deputy President William Ruto in an opinion poll before an election in August.

Odinga is favored by 39% of voters, compared with 35% for Ruto, Nairobi-based pollster Tifa Research said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. About 14% of respondents have yet to decide on their choice, and another 9% is unwilling to say who their preferred candidate is, the company said.