Monday, May 24, 2010

Countdown to the Colombia Presidential Election in Music -- Video 3

Back to direct electoral exhortations in our musical video countdown to the Colombia Presidential Election on May 30. This group of musicians from Cali -- many different genres -- is encouraging their fellow citizens to vote their conscience.

One of the things that interests me about Antanas Mockus (other than that he would be the first Green Party candidate to achieve the presidency anywhere in the world) is that his base is remarkably similar to Barack Obama's. Mockus' followers tend to be young, urban, well-educated, moderately wealthy, and wired. He is also pulling in a lot of independents and first time voters. The other leading candidate, Juan Manuel Santos, draws more rural voters and older people. So, like in this country, it's all going to be about which candidate can best turn out their base. The election will almost certainly go into a second round and all polls at the moment show Mockus winning at that stage.

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