Rodolfo Hernandez, independent presidential candidate, speaks to members of the media after casting a ballot at a polling location during the first-round presidential election in Bucaramanga, Colombia. (Photo: Bloomberg)
A construction magnate who was little known at the start of the year has surged into Colombia’s runoff election with a real chance at winning the presidency as voters coalesce against his leftist rival.
Rodolfo Hernandez got 28% of votes, compared to 40% for former guerrilla Gustavo Petro, the electoral authority said Sunday night after an election in which no candidate reached the 50% threshold to avoid a second round.
Federico Gutierrez, who polls showed was Petro’s main rival, only got 24%. He and many of his key supporters have already endorsed Hernandez. Hernandez, Gutierrez and center candidate Sergio Fajardo
First Published: May 30 2022 | 9:27 AM IST