Ukrainian comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy, who plays the president of Ukraine on a TV show, appears to have pulled into the lead in the actual presidential election contest.
The Associated Press on Thursday cited a Kiev International Institute of Sociology poll that put the race at Zelenskiy 27 percent, Poroshenko 18 percent, and Tymoshenko 16 percent, with a 3.3 percent margin of error.
Zelenskiy has also benefited from the popularity of his stand-up comedy routines mocking Poroshenko, whose spotty record of delivering on the promises of the Euromaidan revolution is the underlying theme of “Servant of the People.”
Newsweek last week quoted the Center for Eastern Studies in Warsaw’s assessment that Kolomoisky is the real adversary Poroshenko faces in the election, as he backed Tymoshenko at first, then Zelenskiy after she flamed out.
As for the other candidate running against Poroshenko, Yulia Tymoshenko, her momentum seems to have stalled after her party grew lukewarm on anti-corruption reforms, the U.S. and Europe grew lukewarm about her, voters grew uneasy with her murky business past, and her abrasive style alienated some critics of the current government.