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Indonesian Presidential Hopeful Prays Mecca Trip Will Win Votes

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July 07, 2014 AT 3:55 AM
The front-runner in Wednesday's Indonesian presidential election has flown to Mecca on a whirlwind pilgrimage in a last-ditch bid to win voters among the world's largest Muslim population and put to rest damaging suggestions that he is really a Christian. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has seen his huge early lead in polls narrow sharply in what has become Indonesia's dirtiest and tightest presidential race in the face of a sharp and well-financed campaign by his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Some opinion polls show the July 9 race is now too close to call.