Bachelet triumphs in Chile election but faces runoff

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Chilean presidential candidate Bachelet talks to supporters after presidential elections in SantiagoBy Rosalba O'Brien and Anthony Esposito SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Leftist candidate Michelle Bachelet was the clear winner in Chile's presidential election on Sunday, although she will have to wait until a second-round runoff next month to seal her victory. With nine candidates running, the vote was fractured and Bachelet, seeking her second term as president, fell just short of the 50 percent she needed for an outright first-round victory. Bachelet, who led Chile between 2006 and 2010 as its first female president, clinched just under 47 percent of the vote. Runner-up Evelyn Matthei of the ruling right-wing coalition was second with 25 percent.