Recent poll numbers from after Segolene Royal's win in the Socialist primary show her winning the first voting round with 32%, compared with 29% Sarkozy. Far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, who still might ot make the ballot if he doesn't gather enough signatures, showed a strong third place with 17%. This is definitely bad news for Sarkozy, who just several weeks ago was beating Royal 34% to 30% in the first round of voting. He will probably be even more anxious now than before to secure his party's support and move on with the campaign. I assume this could also mean that if another right-center candidate like Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie entered as an independent, Le Pen might squeak through again to the second round.
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