Polish Presidential Contenders Get Ready for Runoff

Poland’s acting President Bronislaw Komorowski is holding strong in the run-up to the runoff election to replace the late President Lech Kaczynski on July 4, but, after Polish voters cast their ballots in the first go-round of voting Sunday, it looks as if Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw poses a sizable challenge. –KA

The Christian Science Monitor:

Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski, from the ruling center-right Civic Platform (PO), won the first round of Poland’s presidential election on Sunday with 41.2 percent of the vote.

He edged out Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the deceased president, who received 36.7 percent, according to official results from more than 94 percent of polling stations.

Kaczynski’s campaigning in the past few weeks has helped close what was just recently a much wider gap in the polls, and if the trend continues, he could come from behind to beat Komorowski when the two compete in a run off on July 4.

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