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Colombia's Presidential Election Moves To The Second Round

Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque will face leftist Gustavo Petro in a runoff election after no presidential candidate won 50 percent of the vote.
Posted at 1:16 PM, May 28, 2018

None of the candidates who ran in Colombia's presidential election received enough votes to win the race outright Sunday. So now, the election will head to a runoff.

Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque came in first place with 39 percent of the vote. And leftist Gustavo Petro secured 25 percent, earning him the second place spot.

Both candidates failed to win the required 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. So Duque and Petro will face off next month.

The presidential election was the first since the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace agreement, ending a decadeslong civil war.

And the two candidates have very different opinions on the deal — Petro says he supports it, but Duque openly opposes it.

The runoff vote will take place June 17.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.