Liberal Warsaw mayor injects suspense into presidential vote

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw’s liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski has made a late entry in Poland’s presidential election and has quickly become the main challenger to the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda. His entry has brought real competition and suspense into a race that Duda had seemed certain to win. Trzaskowski can count on backing in the cities and has won support from liberals for supporting LGBT rights, but that might hurt his chances in the conservative heartland. The 48-year-old jumped into the race after the coronavirus pandemic forced the government to postpone the election, originally scheduled for May 10. His centrist, pro-European Union party seized its chance to replace its original candidate. No date for the vote has been set yet.