Dominican presidential candidate of the Democratic Liberation Party (PLD) for May 15 election, Danilo Medina (L), greets supporters in Santo Domingo on May 12, 2016. / AFP / afp / Erika Santelices
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Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina is poised to win the first round of a presidential election Sunday, with polls showing voters crediting him with economic growth and social projects, while less concerned about accusations of graft.It was unclear whether Medina would get the more than 51 percent of the votes needed to win a new term governing the Caribbean's largest economy, or if he will face a run-off election next month. Medina's campaign chief Jo?o Santana returned to Brazil in February to face charges Odebrecht had paid him funds siphoned from Brazil's state oil company Petrobras in offshore accounts to finance the 2014 election campaign of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
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