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Right-wing candidate has the edge going into Colombia's presidential election

BOGOTA, Colombia - With moderates absent from Sunday's presidential ballot, Colombian voters will choose between two relatively extreme candidates to confront pressing problems including a fraying peace agreement, rising violence and stubborn social and economic inequality.

Public opinion polls leading up to the election gave right-wing Sen. Ivan Duque an edge of between six and 20 percentage points over his leftist opponent, Gustavo Petro. But no one is counting out Petro, a one-time guerrilla and former mayor of Bogota, the country's capital and largest city. He has been gaining ground in the polls

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