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« on: February 02, 2010, 01:21:09 pm »
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With a little more a week to go, it appears that Laura Chinchilla of the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) has a lock on the vote with a 45.1% support, according to the latest poll by Demoscopia.



Otto Guevara of the Movimiento Libertario (ML) continues to hold second place firmly with 30% of the decided vote, while Ottón Solís of the Partido Acción Cuidadana (PAC) continues in third place with 9.5%, followed by the Luis Fishman of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) with a 3.8% approval.

The Demoscopia poll firmly dispells the requirement of a second round vote.

However, during several interviews and round table discussions before the television cameras, all the candidates assure that they will win the vote of the majority of Costa Ricans.

Ottón Solís was quick to remind that four years ago the poll results weren't much different when he faced off against Oscar Arias, then on voting day almost winning the election. Solís lost to Arias in 2006 with less than a 1.000 votes.

The Demoscopia poll was taken between January 20 and 26, taking into account the results of 1.209 people.

The poll results show that 71% of the voters have decided for whom they will cast their vote.

Costa Ricans will go to the polls on Sunday, February 7th.

http://insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2010/january/29/costarica-10012901.htm

Laura Chinchilla would be the country`s first female president.

"Election laws in Costa Rica dictate, among other things, that a candidate requires 40% of the votes to avoid a second round of voting for election of the President. Further, in case of a tie with candidates having the same number of votes, the elder of the two wins the seat."
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 04:21:44 pm »
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Stupid electoral law.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 04:30:45 pm »
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Stupid electoral law.

True, but it elects your likely preferred candidate in this case.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010, 04:59:48 pm »

I think Costa Rica is one of the only countries with a libertarian party actually in legislature, but the ML is quite moderate and is better in line with liberal parties. They wouldn't be considered pure by the American libertarian purists, in that it supports some state intervention in health, education and so forth.

I'm not as specialized in Costa Rican politics as I ought to be, but to me it seems that the ML has filled the space on the right left vacant by the PUSC's total demise in 2002-2006.
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010, 09:18:59 pm »
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Stupid electoral law.

True, but it elects your likely preferred candidate in this case.

Indeed.

I read a book a while back advocating this exact system for use in America. Can't remember the arguments offhand, but they were bad.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2010, 11:15:45 am »
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Chinchilla!  May I suggest a new theme for Lewis's signature?
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010, 02:53:02 am »
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Laura Chinchilla of the left-wing PLN has been elected the first female President of Costa Rica.

With 90.3% of precincts reporting the results are:

Laura Chinchilla: 46.7%
Ottón Solis: 25.1%
Otto Guevara: 20.8%
Luis Fishman: 3.8%
Others: 3.6%

Turnout: 69.3%

The Costa Rica newspaper "Nacion" has a great map of election results, breaking down to district level. Chinchilla has won every region of Costa Rica and all districts (cantons) with the exception of Valverde Vega.

http://elecciones2010.sapiens.co.cr/site/elecciones2010.html
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2010, 12:12:06 am »
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Sadly, the religious wingnut won.
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2010, 09:11:41 am »

Sadly, the religious wingnut won.

True, she's pro-life and hates the gayz.

I supported Otto Guevara the libertarian. I like how he shares a last name with the Che, which is ironic because he's staunchly anti-Castro and probably hates the Che.
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