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Colombia outsider candidate Hernandez may weaken leftist Petro’s rebel status

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By Julia Symmes Cobb FUSAGASUGA, Colombia (Reuters) – Colombian leftist Gustavo Petro leads the race for the country’s presidency ahead of a second round of voting, having inspired his supporters to imagine a more equitable, greener country, they say. But promises of radical change from the former M-19 rebel may now resonate less with those who want a break from Colombia’s traditional political machinery: Petro’s surprise rival in the June 19 run-off will be Rodolfo Hernandez – a septuagenarian who has run a populist campaign as an independent, anti-establishment maverick. Petro won 40.3% of v…

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