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Chile runoff likely, but Michelle Bachelet surely wins presidential election next month.

America Security News.- Supporters of Michelle Bachelet in Chile, elections 2013.

America Security News.- Supporters of Michelle Bachelet in Chile, elections 2013.

Popular center-left candidate Michelle Bachelet is poised to win Chile’s presidential election next month, but eight other candidates jostling in the first round may push the vote to a runoff, a poll showed on Thursday.

Bachelet, who was Chile’s first female president from 2006 to 2010, would draw 37.7 percent of votes in the November 17 general election, according to a poll by the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP).

Bachelet would need to garner more than 50 percent of votes to avoid a runoff, which no candidate has done since 1993.The right wing’s struggling candidate, Evelyn Matthei, was expected to win 12.3 percent of votes.