Weekly Report - 17 January 2019 (WR-19-02)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele extends lead in closing straight

Nayib Bukele could become the first presidential candidate in El Salvador since 2004 to win election outright in the first round, with the highest level of support since the signing of the peace accords in 1992. This is what the latest electoral poll by Cid Gallup suggests. Cid Gallup does not have an impeccable recent track record. It placed the eventual victor, Carlos Alvarado, third in the closing stages of Costa Rica’s presidential race last February. But all opinion polls suggest Bukele enjoys a significant lead in the race despite his consistent refusal to participate in any electoral debates.

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