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Poland election: Komorowski and Kaczynski to face each other in run-off

Acting president Bronislaw Komorowski took over on April 10 after the plane crash death of President Lech Kaczynski. Komorowski, and the deceased president’s twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski, are set to face each other in the Poland election on July 4.

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Media crowds as Parliament Speaker, acting president and presidential candidate Bronislaw Komorowski leaves a polling station after casting his vote during an early Presidential elections in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday. Komorowski will face Jaroslaw Kaczynski in the Poland election July 4.

AP Photo/Petr David Josek

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Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski, from the ruling center-right Civic Platform (PO), won the first round of Poland's presidential election on Sunday with 41.2 percent of the vote.

He edged out Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the deceased president, who received 36.7 percent, according to official results from more than 94 percent of polling stations.

Kaczynski's campaigning in the past few weeks has helped close what was just recently a much wider gap in the polls, and if the trend continues, he could come from behind to beat Komorowski when the two compete in a run off on July 4.

A turn left

Another surprise was the unexpectedly good performance of Grzegorz Napieralski, the leader of the centre-left Democratic Left Alliance (SLD). Mr. Napieralski won 13.7 percent of the vote, despite the polls that showed his support ranging between 3 and 7 percent.

This is important, analysts say, because the left-wing vote could very well be a deciding factor on July 4.

Given their praise of Napieralski on the election night, it seems that Komorowski and Kaczynski have already started to woo left-wing voters with an eye on the run-off, analysts say.

"I would like to congratulate Grzegorz Napieralski on his remarkable score. It is surely something he can be proud of, and I would like to believe that this great achievement will be the beginning of better times for the Polish left,” Komorowski told his supporters on the election night. "The Polish left is absolutely indispensable on Poland’s political scene,” he added.

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