Iceland presidential elections a one-horse race?

Andri Snær Magnason (left), Davíð Oddsson (centre) and Guðni Th. ...

Andri Snær Magnason (left), Davíð Oddsson (centre) and Guðni Th. Jóhannesson (right).

Author and historian Guðni Th. Jó­hann­es­son is on course for a landslide victory in Iceland’s upcoming presidential elections, with almost 70% of Icelanders intending to vote for him.

This is the result of a new opinion poll by Icelandic daily Fréttablaðið (link in Icelandic), asking respondents who they would vote for if elections were held tomorrow.

Guðni Th. Jó­hann­es­son and family.

Guðni Th. Jó­hann­es­son and family.

Jóhannesson was the choice of 69% of respondents having made up their mind, while former PM Davíð Oddsson scored 13.7% and author and environmentalist Andri Snær Magnason, 10.7%.

All other official candidates received 1% support or less.

Elections will be held on Saturday 25 June. Since the incumbent Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has withdrawn from the presidential race, Iceland will have a new president for the first time in twenty years.


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