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Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno leads Ecuador's presidential vote, but may face a runoff

Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno leads Ecuador's presidential vote, but may face a runoff

Former Vice President Lenin Moreno, a leftist advocate for the disabled who was paralyzed in a 1998 robbery attempt, was leading a crowded field in Ecuador’s presidential election Sunday, but was at risk of falling just short of avoiding a runoff on April 2.

Moreno, 63, is a close ally of outgoing President Rafael Correa, under whom he served as vice president from 2007 to 2013.

With more than three-quarters of the votes counted, Moreno had 39% of the vote, about 10 percentage points ahead of  second-place finisher Guillermo Lasso, a pro-business bank executive. The two led a field of eight candidates.

To avoid a runoff,...

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