Poll says Colombia presidential runoff a dead heat

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Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 1:03 AM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest poll in Colombia says President Juan Manuel Santos and challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga are in a dead heat a little more than a week before their presidential runoff election.

The Invamer-Gallup poll Zuluaga was supported by 48.5 percent of those polled and Santos by about 48 percent. Some 4 percent say they don't plan to vote for either.

The poll of 1,200 people in 55 cities published Thursday by the newspaper El Espectador has an error margin of three percentage points.

Both men served in the Cabinet of hard-line President Alvaro Uribe, whose party chose Zuluaga as its candidate. Uribe was president in 2002-10 and is now a senator.

The campaign's central theme has been the peace talks started by Santos with Colombia's main rebel group.

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