Portugal holds the first round of its presidential election Sunday with the outstanding question less who wins than by how much.
At 67, socialist-statesman Mario Soares is seeking a second five-year term. He has challengers from the Communist left and the conservative right, but the ruling Social Democratic Party of Prime Minister Anibal Cavaco Silva did not name a candidate.
Most Portuguese like the way the right-center government and the socialist president have collaborated to spur rapid economic development. But whether Soares garners a majority outright, or is forced into a second-round runoff against conservative Christian Democrat Basilio Horta adds a touch of mystery.