As Lasso takes lead in Ecuador’s presidential race, he seeks votes from Miami exiles

miami heraldGuillermo Lasso barely survived the first round of Ecuador’s presidential race on Feb. 19, as ruling party candidate Lenín Moreno came within a hair of winning the election outright.

But now that the opposition has rallied around Lasso, a one-time banker and politician, the April 2 runoff looks like Moreno’s to lose.

Quito-based Cedatos, which produces one of the more closely watched polls, has Lasso winning 52 percent of the vote versus Moreno’s 48 percent.

As he kicked off a new cycle of campaigning this week, Lasso, 60, answered questions about what his presidency might mean for Ecuadorian exiles in Miami, how he’s going to win the elusive diaspora vote and his fears of potential fraud.

Decade of change

Ecuadorians are going to the polls to replace Rafael Correa, a charismatic populist whose socialist “Citizens Revolution” has dominated the country for a decade. While Correa has been praised for building schools, roads and hospitals, the country has also become weary of his hostile attitude, and there are fears that his entrenched power is providing cover for corruption. …



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