Some polls give former Mayor of Montevideo Daniel Martínez a double-digit lead. That doesn’t mean the Broad Front candidate should get comfortable, especially as other polls put his top rival—the National Party’s Luis Lacalle Pou—within reach. Martínez’s coalition has held the top seat in Uruguay for 15 years, but support is down. President Tabaré Vazquez is leaving the office with an approval rating of 28 percent, 19 points lower than did his predecessor, José “Pepe” Mujica.
Uruguayans will vote for president, vice president, all 99 seats in the House of Representatives, and all 30 in the Senate on October 27. Candidates need at least 50 percent of votes plus one to win the first round. If that doesn’t happen, a runoff takes place November 24.
AS/COA Online is tracking the polls.