UPDATE: Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís moves into 1st place in Costa Rica presidential race

April 8, 2014
1 Comments

Costa Rica’s Supreme Elections Tribunal began releasing preliminary results in the country’s presidential and legislative elections soon after 8 p.m. By 9 p.m. supporters of Citizen Action Party (PAC) candidate Luis Guillermo Solís had reason to celebrate, as the candidate who placed third or fourth in most of the country’s polls showed a strong showing in the actual vote, holding steady in second place.

At 10 p.m., with 60.7 percent of the votes tallied, Solís moved into first place with 30.2 percent of votes, followed by National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya, with 30.1 percent. Candidates need 40 percent to avoid a runoff in April.

Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta, who consistently placed in second in a series of pre-election polls, had tallied 17.2 percent. Shortly before 10 p.m., Villalta delivered an impassioned concession speech to his supporters, saying, “Those who are corrupt will no longer be allowed to carve up this nation.”

“This is just the beginning,” Villalta added.

Libertarian Movement Party candidate Otto Guevara – running for president for a fourth consecutive time – tallied a disappointing 11.2 percent. From campaign headquarters, Guevera delivered a brief concession speech shortly after 9 p.m.

Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times
The party began soon after polls closed Sunday night at PAC headquarters, in eastern San José on Feb. 2, 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times
Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Slothy Sunday: Saving sloths in Costa Rica
Sloth Sundays
174 views
Sloth Sundays
174 views

Slothy Sunday: Saving sloths in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - February 17, 2019

Kids Saving the Rainforest is a wildlife rescue center that has rescued about 3,000 animals. The organization has planted thousands…

United States sending Costa Rica $40.7 million to fight narcotrafficking and crime
Costa Rica
1576 views
Costa Rica
1576 views

United States sending Costa Rica $40.7 million to fight narcotrafficking and crime

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 17, 2019

The United States is expected to send more than $40 million to Costa Rica to help the country fight narcotrafficking…

Costa Rica demands Maduro-accredited diplomats leave country
Costa Rica
736 views
Costa Rica
736 views

Costa Rica demands Maduro-accredited diplomats leave country

AFP and The Tico Times - February 16, 2019

The Costa Rican government demanded three Venezuelan diplomats accredited by President Nicolás Maduro leave the country within 60 calendar days,…