Humala extends lead in Peru presidential race: poll

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Posted: Apr 01, 2011 9:45 AM

LIMA (Reuters) - Left-wing nationalist Ollanta Humala has gained in Peru's presidential race to 24.3 percent and is more than 5 points head of his nearest rival, a poll by Lima's Catholic University showed on Friday.

Trailing Humala before the April 10 vote were former President Alejandro Toledo, at 18.8 percent, and lawmaker Keiko Fujimori, at 18.4 percent. They were ahead of former Prime Minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, at 16.8 percent, and former Lima Mayor Luis Castaneda, at 12 percent. The margin of error and the sample size were not immediately available.

Humala's rise has unnerved financial markets, although analysts say he has moderated many of his views and would likely lose in a June 5 runoff that would be held if no candidate wins more than half the votes in the month's election.