Ruling liberal candidate Martinez leading Uruguay election - media polls

Ruling liberal candidate Martinez leading Uruguay election - media polls
Uruguay's presidential candidate Daniel Martinez gestures before casting his vote at a polling station, in Montevideo, Uruguay October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Cuenca -
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By Fabien Werner

BUENOSAIRES (Reuters) – Ruling liberal coalition candidate Daniel Martinez is leading the Uruguay election but a determining second round will be needed, according to exit polls.

The liberal Frente Amplio coalition has run Uruguay for more than 14 years, but Martinez, a former mayor of the capital Montevideo, faced a significant challenge from a resurgent conservative right.

Martinez polled 40% to rival Luis Lacalle Pou’s 29%, the polls conducted by Factum, Cifra, Opcion and Equipos suggested. If no candidate gets over 50% of the vote, the two with the most votes will meet in a run-off on the last Sunday of November.

(Reporting by Fabien Werner; Writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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