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Honduras Holds Presidential Election

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A street vendor walks past a campaign banner promoting National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 23, 2013.

A street vendor walks past a campaign banner promoting National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 23, 2013.

Hondurans go to the polls Sunday to choose a new president in a tight race that could fail to produce a clear winner.

The election pits conservative Juan Orlando, candidate of the ruling Nation Party, against socialist Xiomara Castro, whose husband, Manuel Zelays, was overthrown in a military-backed coup in 2009 after his right-wing administration moved left.

Polls show the two in a statistical tie, raising fears of a disputed result that could produce more instability and protests in a failing state with the world's highest homicide rate. The constitution says the victor needs to win by only one vote, and there is no runoff.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.
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