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Former Chilean president leads vote, but heads to runoff

SANTIAGO, Chile — Billionaire businessman Sebastián Piñera held a big lead late Sunday in returns from Chile’s presidential election, buoyed by support from Chileans who hope the former president can resuscitate a flagging economy, though he didn’t get enough votes to avoid a runoff. With just under 92 percent of ballots counted, Piñera had nearly 37 percent of the vote, against almost 23 percent for Sen. Alejandro Guillier, an independent center-left candidate, and 20 percent for Beatriz Sanchez, who ran for the leftist Broad Front coalition. Five other candidates shared the remainder. Piñera needed to get 50 percent of the votes to win outright. He will face the No.

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