Chile’s Kast jumps to early lead in election, second-round likely

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By Gram Slattery and Natalia A. Ramos Miranda SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Jose Antonio Kast, a right-wing former congressman who has promised a harsh crackdown on crime, jumped to an early lead on Sunday evening in Chile’s most divisive presidential election since the country’s 1990 return to democracy. With 10.89% of the vote counted, Kast had received 29.3% of ballots versus 23.61% for leftist Gabriel Boric, his main opponent. If that trend held it would mean the two candidates would head for a second-round run-off in December. Long lines developed at many polling stations amid coronavirus-related …

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