Petro, Hernandez neck and neck in Colombia presidential election

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BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s leftist former guerrilla Gustavo Petro and construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez were technically tied ahead of a second round of presidential elections, a poll showed on Wednesday. Petro, a former M-19 rebel and mayor of Bogota, won 40.3% of votes in Sunday’s first round on promises of social and economic change, including pension redistribution, free public university and robust environmental policies. But his promises may resonate less with voters now his surprise rival is the anti-establishment Hernandez, 77, who has pledged to shrink government and use the s…

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