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Colombian Outsider Makes Runoff With Real Shot at Presidency

  • Rodolfo Hernandez takes 28% to 40% for Gustavo Petro
  • Runoff set for June 19, new president takes office on Aug. 7
Rodolfo Hernandez speaks to the press at a polling location in Bucaramanga.
Rodolfo Hernandez speaks to the press at a polling location in Bucaramanga.Photographer: Natalia Ortiz Mantilla/Bloomberg
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A construction magnate who was little known at the start of the year surged into Colombia’s presidential runoff with a real chance at winning as voters coalesce against his leftist rival.

Rodolfo Hernandez took 28% of the vote to 40% for Gustavo Petro, a former mayor of Bogota and onetime guerrilla, the electoral authority said late Sunday. Hernandez beat out Federico Gutierrez, the main conservative candidate, who had 24% backing.