In Cali, which has suffered one of the dirtiest campaigns of the country, the race is still undecided.
Bogota: Colombia’s only real election?
With its seven million inhabitants, Bogota’s mayoral elections are the most difficult and the most expensive to corrupt.
While council candidates have been caught buying votes, the candidates for Colombia’s second most powerful position have been campaigning harder than anywhere else and have undergone the most scrutiny.
Leftist candidate Hollman Morris and conservative candidate Miguel Uribe are still taking part in the electoral show, but were never expected to win because of past controversies.
Leading candidates Carlos Galan and Claudia Lopez, whose records are clean, will have to campaign until the last minute as they are heading for a photo finish.
A poll released by the relatively unknown pollster T&SE indicated that both can count on little more than 22% of support.
Medellin: more exciting and dirtier than ever
Medellin’s election race has become more interesting over the past few months, but not enough to really challenge the almighty Ramos dynasty.
The far-right dynasty’s latest heir, Alfredo Ramos, last week was still leading the race with the support of 36%, nine percentage points more than anti-corruption candidate Daniel Quintero.
Quintero, a former council member, started off with 8% in April, but has proven a formidable challenge to the family that believes democracy is hereditary.
But Medellin’s far-right wouldn’t be Medellin’s far-right if it didn’t counter electoral threats with aggression and disinformation.
On Friday, the candidate reported his latest death threat.
On Saturday, masked activists marched through the city’s center accusing the centrist candidate of being “dirty” and “immoral,” and on Sunday, banners claiming that leftist Senator Gustavo Petro supported Quintero suddenly appeared.
Campaigning in Medellin hasn’t been this dirty in recent memory, but is risky.
The “paisas” are accustomed to vote out of fear, but Medellin is changing. The extraordinarily dirty campaign could work in Quintero’s favor as anyone can guess who the dirtbag behind it is.
Cali: the dirtiest of all
The election campaign in Cali has by far been the dirtiest of all as two questionable clans are leading the race without any apparent qualms about playing dirty.
Former mayor Jorge Ivan Ospina is comfortably leading the race despite a corruption investigation against him, bad blood with local newspaper El Pais and a barrage of disinformation launched by his far-right opponent, Roberto Ortiz.
Ortiz’ problem is that he’s with the politics of president Duque and Uribe. With the exception of Medellin, this is a liability in Cali where many want nothing to do with the “uribistas.”
In an absurd response to Ortiz’ dirty campaigning and El Pais’ critical reporting, Ospina went on hunger strike in a tent laden with political propaganda in the center of the city.
The former mayor called off the strike when he was widely criticized for politicizing his own alleged corruption and probably got hungry.