Cartes winning Paraguay presidential vote: exit polls

Millionaire businessman Horacio Cartes of the opposition Colorado Party was leading in Paraguay's presidential elections, exit polls showed Sunday.

Pollsters First Analysis y Estudios gave Cartes 50.8 percent against 37 percent for ruling party senator Efrain Alegre, and 5.1 percent for former TV host Mario Ferreiro of the leftist Avanza Pais (Country Moving Forward) movement.

ICA pollsters, in turn, gave Cartes 59.7 percent of the vote, Alegre 34.3 percent and Ferreiro 6.8 percent.

Voters were turning the page on a political crisis that saw leftist president Fernando Lugo impeached 10 months ago.

Cartes, a 56-year-old conservative tobacco baron, had been the favorite ahead of the Liberal Party's Efrain Alegre, aged 50.

They traded accusations of corruption and links to drug trafficking in a highly negative campaign.