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Poll Update: Guatemala's 2019 Presidential Runoff

August 07, 2019

37% of Guatemalans rank insecurity as their top concern—and right now, a former prison director leads polling ahead of the August 11 presidential runoff. @paolanagovitch looks at the latest Gallup poll.

Sandra Torres of the center-left National Unity of Hope (UNE) party and Alejandro Giammattei of the conservative Let’s Go (VAMOS) party will face off in an August 11 runoff to replace outgoing President Jimmy Morales, who is term limited. The former first lady and surgeon beat out a topsy-turvy field to come in first and second, respectively, in general elections on June 16. The country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal certified the results on July 1 after completing a recount following fraud allegations in general election voting. Though Torres won the first round by double digits, runoff polling published August 7 shows Giammattei in the lead to win the presidency.

Note: This article was first published on July 23 and has since been updated with August 7 poll results.