Polish presidential exit poll signals May 24 runoff vote

A key exit poll shows Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski finishing second in Sunday’s presidential elections, behind conservative challenger Andrzej Duda.

The poll, commissioned by Polish national media and released moments after voting closed, gives challenger Duda nearly 35 percent of Sunday’s vote. Komorowski is shown winning just over 32 percent.

No official results have been released. But exit polling, if confirmed, will trigger a May 24 runoff vote between the top two vote-getters.

Ahead of the polls, analysts predicted a run-off vote, after what many pundits described as a lackluster campaign that focused on national security and domestic issues.

Komorowski, a 62-year-old historian and former defense minister, was first elected in 2010 and campaigned for a second term largely on national security challenges, including heightened tensions with Russia spawned by the Ukraine crisis.

Duda campaigned on promises to lower Poland’s retirement age. He also advocated tax cuts and warned of rising consumer prices, if Poland adopts the euro currency.

Source: VOANews.com