Poll Update: Guatemala's 2019 Presidential Runoff

By Paola Nagovitch

Alejandro Giammattei leads Sandra Torres in polling ahead of the August 11 runoff to replace Jimmy Morales.

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.