Ahead of this Sunday’s General Election, the latest public opinion polls in Uruguay indicate that the election race is likely to go to a runoff at the end of November. As millions of Uruguayan prepare to hit the polls, Broad Front leader and former president Tabare Vasquez has a strong lead, but not enough to reach the 50 percent mark to win in the first round. According to pollster Factum, the Broad Front coalition will garner 44 percent of ballots this October 26, with the National Party candidate Luis Lacalle taking 32 percent. The right-wing Colorado party is currently polling at 15 percent.
Also, polls show that the Broad Front party may not gain the parliamentary majority which current President Jose Mujica has enjoyed, potentially forcing the incoming government to compromises on basic legislative agenda.
It was thanks to a strong parliamentary majority that made some of Mujica’s progressive reforms, such as the legalization of abortion and marijuana, possible.
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