Exit poll: Ecuador leader wins easy re-election

Ecuadorean voters appeared set to elect President Rafael Correa to a third term Sunday, with an exit poll giving a wide margin of victory to the polemical economist who has raised living standards for the lower classes and widened their social safety net while being widely criticized as intolerant of dissent.


Correa had 61 percent of the vote compared to former Banco de Guayaquil executive president Guillermo Lasso with 20 percent, according to the exit poll by Cedatos-Gallup company. Six other candidates shared the remaining votes. The poll had a margin of 3.7 percentage points. (AP)