Recent polls show Vazquez leading by 13 to 17 points over his rival Lacalle Pou. He stated that only the “passion and love” he has for his political project is what keeps him going now.
Uruguayans will head to the polls on Sunday November 30 for the second-round of voting. Tabare Vazquez received the most votes in the first-round with 47.8 percent of the votes, just shy of the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. His party, the Broad Front, also won a majority of seats in Uruguay’s ongress.
Voters will be choosing a successor to Jose Mujica, also of the Broad Front.
For the past decade, the Broad Front has brought economic stability to the country – which has been averaging 5.7 percent growth per year since Vazquez' first term in 2005 – by instituting social policies which benefited the marginalized. Vazquez has promised to continue with the policies of social inclusion should he be elected.