With all the usual caveats about polling in Colombia, just look at this chart of all the polls I’ve seen in the past 30 days or so. They show a steady but mounting momentum in favor of former BogotÃ¡ mayor Antanas Mockus.
The latest Ipsos-NapoleÃ³n Franco poll, released late yesterday, gives Mockus the lead for the first time. Mockus overtakes the main “successor” of popular president Ãlvaro Uribe, Juan Manuel Santos, who a month ago was the untouchable frontrunner.
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The polls show Mockus taking little support from Santos. Instead, the quirky former mayor’s surge began in early April after another popular mayor, Sergio Fajardo of MedellÃn, abandoned his struggling presidential campaign to join Mockus’ ticket. The unusual display of unity resonated with Colombian public opinion and made Mockus’ campaign far more viable.
Can anyone honestly say they saw this coming a month ago?