Polish presidential race too close to call as voters go to the polls. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Poles vote for a president on Sunday (May 24) in a run-off that is too close to call but already spells trouble for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year term, incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski finds himself neck and neck with his conservative challenger, Andrzej Duda, who defied opinion polls to come out on top in the May 10 first round. During its eight years in power, the center-right Civic Platform has presided over rapid economic growth and rising salaries in eastern Europe's biggest economy. But despite unprecedented prosperity, many Poles feel the fruits of their labor have been unfairly spread, resulting in increased inequality, and are eager for new faces at the top. In Poland, it is the prime minister who leads the government, but the president is head of the armed forces, has a say in foreign policy and in the passage of legislation and also controls who heads the central bank. Komorowski, 62, has been criticized for running a lackluster campaign, jumping to life only after his loss in the first round. Since then, he has shown more energy and two opinion polls on Friday had the contenders practically level.