Poll: Xiomara Castro, Wife of Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, Leads in the Country’s Presidential Race

by Colonel on January 30, 2013

“Honduran presidential candidate Xiomara Castro, the wife of deposed former President Manuel Zelaya, is leading the race to become the next head of the Central American country, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Political newcomer Castro, the Liberty and Refoundation Party candidate who established her reputation while fighting for her husband’s right to rule after his 2009 military-led ouster, leads with 25 percent of those questioned saying they would vote for her, according to the CID Gallup poll.

Just 23 percent said they would vote for National Party candidate Juan Hernandez who, the pollster said, “is being affected by the ongoing divisions in his party.”

Nonetheless, 33 percent of the 1,256 people surveyed for the poll said they supported Hernandez’s National Party, while only 21 percent opted for the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE), with a similar amount picking the third-placed Liberal Party.

” — (Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Philip Barbara), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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