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Monday, June 8, 2009

Mousavi Ahead in a Poll? Ahmadinejad in Trouble?

A post on the Newsweek website (scroll down for the story) claims a secret poll shows more voters planning to vote for Mir-Hossein Mousavi than for Ahmed Ahmadinejad. And Gary Sick at his new blog rounds up several other stories out of Iran in recent days that seem to suggest the same thing.

Of course, there are four candidates in the race, and it's likely Ahmadinejad would run second and make the runoff. But Gary also cites a piece by Trita Parsi that suggests that some US Congressmen and other neocons are actually helping win votes for Ahmadinejad by demonizing him.

The election is Friday. I have said all along there might be a surprise, and now it looks like one just might be emerging. Let's wait and see.

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