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Colombian Election Transformed by Surge for Outsider, Poll Finds

  • Support for Rodolfo Hernandez more than doubles in new survey
  • Hernandez is campaigning on a pledge to fight corruption
Rodolfo Hernandez
Rodolfo HernandezPhotographer: Ivan Valencia/Bloomberg

Colombia’s presidential election this month is no longer a two-horse race after support surged for the third-placed candidate, a poll found.  

Rodolfo Hernandez, 77, a former construction magnate and mayor of the provincial city of Bucaramanga, saw his support more than double to 19.1% ahead of the May 29 first round, according to a poll by Centro Nacional de Consultoria, or CNC, published by Semana magazine Thursday.