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Michelle Bachelet far ahead in Chile's first-round presidential vote
Michelle Bachelet far ahead in Chile's first-round presidential vote

SANTIAGO, Chile — Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government. Bachelet and Matthei will face off in an election Dec. 15. Bachelet was president from 2006 through 2010 and...

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