Left-wing nationalist, Ollanta Humala appears to have won the first round of Peru’s presidential election but without the 50 percent of votes needed to avoid a second round.
Humala was tipped to win the poll, relying on support from Peru’s poor majority.
His rival in the June 5 run-off is likely to be Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of the jailed former President Alberto Fujimori.
She is a rightist lawyer who, according to three exit polls, has a narrow lead over the third placed candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Until the results are officially published, Kuczynski and his Wall Street banking background could cause a last minute upset.
Peru has one of the world’s fastest growing economies but the gap between rich and poor has widened over the last decade.
Humala’s rivals claim he will step up state control of the economy but he has responded by trying the shed his previous hardline leftist image.