11 Jun 2018
by Juan Carlos Echeverry, Andres Escobar and Mauricio Santa Maria
The polls for the presidential runoff race show Ivan Duque ahead of Gustavo Petro, with a clear advantage in the so-called “coffee-growing zone” and center-eastern provinces. These are relatively affluent zones, which with Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena and Barranquilla, compose Colombia’s core of wealth and prosperous economic activity.
Other regions, such as the southern border with Ecuador, the western Pacific coast, the rural Caribbean and the border with Venezuela represent the “poor periphery”. According to pollster Guarumo, seven days before the runoff election, Duque and Petro are head...