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Will a ‘Miami scandal’ turn the tide of Ecuador’s presidential race?

Miami Herald - Jim Wyss 10/02/2017

Foto: Miami Herald

Foto: Miami Herald

With just 10 days to go before Ecuador’s presidential elections, ruling party candidate Lenín Moreno is still leading the polls but unlikely to avoid a runoff amid a punishing corruption scandal with Miami ties.

A series of polls released this week give Moreno more than a 10-point lead over his nearest rival, banker Guillermo Lasso.

A Feb. 8 poll by Quito-based CEDATOS found Moreno has 32 percent of the vote versus Lasso’s 21 percent. Former Congresswoman Cynthia Viteri and former Quito Mayor Paco Moncayo had 14 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

Similarly, a poll by Perfiles y Opinion gives Moreno 35 percent of the vote, versus Lasso’s 16 percent, Viteri’s 14 percent and Moncayo’s 7 percent.

Those figures will be the last ones to be officially released, as the government declared a polling blackout starting Wednesday.

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