Sunday, April 22, 2007
Results out, 2 weeks to go
By now most unofficial results are out and barring any last minute upset, Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal will be going to the second round. Personally I hope that some of the overt skepticism of polls in the French media goes away; it is understandable considering the 2002 upset, but preliminary results this time around mirror the most recent polls quite closely. Actually, the biggest surprise seems to be Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was expected to do (possibly) as best or better than last time. At this point, it looks like polls overestimated him rather than the common belief that he was underestimated.
Obviously the Royal team would have liked to finish neck and neck with Sarkozy, but a very strong second is a decent consolation prize. Finally we'll have the opportunity to see the two major candidates debate face to face. That could possibly influence the May 6 vote much more than the SarkoSego results of this first round.
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