Exit polls from Sunday’s presidential race gave ruling party candidate Lenín Moreno a clear lead over his nearest rival, Guillermo Lasso of the CREO Party. But two exit polls cited by TVC television cast doubt on whether there will be an April 2 runoff.
A poll by Market gave Moreno 36.2 percent of the vote versus Lasso’s 26.1 percent of the vote. However, a poll conducted by Opina Ecuador gave Moreno 42.9 percent of the vote versus Lasso’s 27.7 percent.
If that second scenario is confirmed by official results, Moreno could avoid a runoff against a unified opposition.
To win Sunday, a candidate has to win at least 40 percent of the vote and hold a 10-point lead over his nearest rival to avoid a runoff. If the Opina results are confirmed by the official count, that would be the case.
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Speaking to followers in Guayaquil, Lasso said he was confident he would be facing Moreno in two months. “We will be victorious in the second round,” he said.