The presidential race is a close one, with FMLN’s Sánchez Cerén and ARENA’s Quijano vying with third party candidate and former President Antonio “Tony” Saca for the job — experts said a second round run-off is likely. Outgoing President Mauricio Funes, the first Salvadoran leader from the FMLN, is ineligible to run for a second term.
Results released last week by the Public Opinion Institute of the Jesuit Central American University, or UCA, show that Sánchez Cerén leads Quijano by 46.8 percent to 32.8 percent. Saca sits in third place with 14.7 percent of the vote.
'Right now the race is just too close to call in the first round,' said Eric Olson, the associate director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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