Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala

Guatemalan presidential candidate for the National Front of Convergence party, Jimmy Morales, shows his inked finger at a polling station in Mixco, during general elections on September 6, 2015A comedian who played a simpleton cowboy who almost became president emerged Monday as the man to beat in Guatemala’s presidential race amid disgust over a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing incumbent. Political novice Jimmy Morales led the count after Sunday’s presidential vote and appeared headed for a runoff against whichever of two more traditional rivals emerges less scathed from the scandal’s fallout. With 97.7 percent of the ballots counted, Morales had 23.95 percent, against 19.62 percent for former first lady Sandra Torres and 19.57 percent for millionaire businessman Manuel Baldizon.

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