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AS/COA Online looks at the latest poll numbers, the leading presidential candidates, and election issues in the countries in the Americas holding federal-level elections in 2014.

2014 Election Blog: Voter Turnout in Latin America's Presidential Votes

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Among seven countries with presidential elections this year, Bolivia had the highest turnout and Colombia had the lowest. ... Read More

8 Fast Facts on Uruguay's 2014 Presidential Runoff

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Find out about the November 30 election, including where the two candidates stand on issues ranging from marijuana policy to accepting Guantanamo detainees. ... Read More

Poll Update: Former Uruguayan President Leads ahead of Runoff

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Surveys show the Broad Front's Tabaré Vázquez with an ample advantage over the National Party's Luis Lacalle Pou before the November 30 vote. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Immigration Policy in the U.S. Gubernatorial Races

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Find out how 10 newly elected state leaders approach immigration reform and border policies. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Uruguay Heads to Presidential Runoff

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Ex-President Tabaré Vázquez will face a second round against Luis Lacalle Pou on November 30. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Brazil's Presidential Runoff

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

President Dilma Rousseff narrowly defeated Senator Aécio Neves on October 26. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Latino Voting Bloc Grows, but Turnout Low

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

Voter turnout among the United States' Latino electorate remains lower than that of other blocs, but could increase as its young population ages.  ... Read More

Poll Update: Despite Overall Tie, Rousseff Makes Gains amid Women, Wealthy

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Brazil’s president faces a tight runoff race against Aécio Neves on October 26. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Uruguay's Education Woes Take Center Stage in Presidential Race

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

Education reform is a top campaign issue due to poor performance and grade repetition among Uruguay's high school students.   ... Read More

Poll Update: Neves and Rousseff Neck and Neck ahead of Brazilian Runoff

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

Three polls place the candidates in a statistical tie in the race to win the presidency on October 26. ... Read More

10 Facts on Bolivia's 2014 Election: Morales Poised to Win Third Term

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

President Evo Morales commands a strong poll lead and his party could win a two-thirds majority in the legislature on October 12. ... Read More

2014 Elections Blog: Peru's Municipal and Regional Vote

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse, Brendan O'Boyle

Around 21 million Peruvians will elect mayors and regional presidents on October 5. Who will win the coveted post of mayor of Lima? ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Brazil's October 5 Presidential Vote

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Find out what's happening in the week leading up to the election. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Social Media's Growing Role in Brazil's Electoral Campaigns

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Presidential candidates are competing for followers on networks like Facebook and Twitter ahead of the October 5 vote. ... Read More

Poll Update: Potential for a Close Runoff in Uruguay's Presidential Race

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

The ruling party maintains the lead, but may not receive enough votes to avoid a second round.  ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: What Role Will Latino Voters Play in U.S. Midterm Elections?

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

Despite growing political clout, Hispanics make up a small percentage of voters in competitive congressional races this year. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Immigration Emerges as Key U.S. Voter Issue

Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

Recent polls show immigration is a concern among Americans ahead of the November 4 midterm elections. ... Read More

Poll Update: Brazil's President Faces Narrower Margin as Silva Gains Momentum

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

After taking over for her party in the wake of Eduardo Campos’ death, Marina Silva moved into second place in the polls. ... Read More

Poll Update: Brazilian Presidential Race Shaken up by Candidate's Death

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Though President Dilma Rousseff remains ahead, a Datafolha survey shows Marina Silva tied in second place with Aécio Neves. ... Read More

Poll Update: Uruguay's Ruling Party Maintains Lead, but Runoff Possible

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

The governing Broad Front continues as the frontrunner ahead of the October 26 vote, though it could face a second round against the National Party. ... Read More

Poll Update: Brazil's Rousseff Could Face a Close Runoff

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

A July 17 Datafolha survey found that the president maintains her lead, but could see a statistical tie in a second-round vote. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Haiti's October Legislative Elections in Doubt

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

A stalemate between the president and parliament could mean further delays for the proposed October 26 vote. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Bolivia's Morales Seeks Third Term as Opposition Attempts to Unify

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 | By Brendan O'Boyle

Part of the opposition joined forces to challenge the popular president ahead of the October 12 vote. ... Read More

Poll Update: Brazil's Rousseff Maintains Lead, Though Neves Gains Ground

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

Ahead of the October 5 vote, the president remains at the top of the polls but she may face a runoff. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos Wins Reelection

Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

The incumbent took the victory in the runoff vote, beating rival Óscar Iván Zuluaga by more than 5 percent. Get highlights and coverage. ... Read More

Poll Update: Colombian Polls Show No Clear Election Winner

Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

Candidates spar over Colombia’s peace talks, while polls differ when it comes to forecasting a victor in the June 15 runoff.  ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Colombia Heads to a Presidential Runoff

Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

With a close race and low turnout, Colombia's president and his top rival each garnered less than 30 percent of ballots cast. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Colombia Prepares for Presidential Vote

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

President Juan Manuel Santos fights for another term as polls show him in a dead heat with top rival Oscar Iván Zuluaga. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Corruption Accusations Mark Last Leg of Colombia's Presidential Race

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

The gap between the president and his main contender narrows as both sides face corruption allegations ahead of the May 25 vote. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Juan Carlos Varela Declared Next President of Panama

Posted on Sunday, May 4, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

The Panamanian vice president defied poll numbers to come out as a decisive victor in the country’s May 4 presidential election. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Panama Race Narrows ahead of May 4 Vote

Posted on Saturday, May 3, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

Will the ruling-party candidate take the win? Voters will decide on May 4, in the wake of a controversial electoral race in Panama. ... Read More

Poll Update: Colombia's Santos Leads, but Runoff Looks Likely

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

With less than a month before the vote, President Juan Manuel Santos continues as a top contender, though polls show he may not avoid a second round. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Presidential Hopefuls Battle It out in Panama's Official Debate

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | By Carin Zissis, Nneka Etoniru

The top contenders sparred and shared proposals in the April 7 debate. Elections take place May 4. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Winning Costa Rican Candidate Marks Break with Two-Party System

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

The Citizens’ Action Party’s Luis Guillermo Solís became the first president elected in decades to hail from outside the country’s two dominant parties. ... Read More

Poll Update: How a Mayor's Ouster Plays Out in Colombia's Presidential Polls

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

President Juan Manuel Santos continues to lead polls, though one survey shows his advantage shrinking over other candidates. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Costa Rica's One-Man Presidential Runoff

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Ahead of the April 6 vote, only a single candidate remains in the running after the other one quit his campaign. ... Read More

Poll Update: Panama's Ruling-Party Candidate ahead in Possible Close Race

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

José Domingo Arias leads, but some surveys show a narrow gap with his main contender as the May 4 presidential election nears. ... Read More

Poll Update: Surveying Brazil’s Presidential "Pre-Candidates"

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

President Dilma Rousseff maintains a lead over other contenders ahead of the October 5 vote. ... Read More

Poll Update: Colombia's Presidential Race Heats up

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

A new poll shows President Juan Manuel Santos in the lead, but with Green Alliance candidate Enrique Peñalosa gaining steam. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Winner Declared in El Salvador's Presidential Runoff

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

The ruling party candidate won by less than 6,400 votes, the country’s electoral authorities confirmed on March 16. ... Read More

2014 Elections Blog: Mandatory Voting in the Americas

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

While many countries in the Americas have mandatory voting, voter turnout varies throughout the region. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: El Salvador's Runoff Too Close to Call

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Separated by less than 7,000 votes, both candidates declared victory as the country’s electoral authorities pledged to carry out a recount. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Costa Rican Candidate Ends Campaign during Runoff Race

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

The April 6 election will go ahead as planned, but the ruling party candidate will stop campaigning, he announced on March 5. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Colombia's Congressional Election

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Find out what's at stake during the March 9 vote, including the upcoming presidential election and the country's ongoing peace talks. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Polls Show Governing-Party Candidate Leads El Salvador Runoff Race

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

The last round of polls gave the FMLN’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén an advantage ahead of the March 9 presidential vote. ... Read More

2014 Elections Blog: Local Elections in the Americas

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru will hold local-level votes this year. Find out which seats are up for grabs. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Ecuador's Local Vote

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

The opposition captured mayoralties in the country’s five biggest cities, though early results show the governing party won a majority of mayors’ seats. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Costa Rica and El Salvador Head for Runoffs

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

The February 2 votes in both Central American countries saw significant abstention rates with no candidate winning enough votes to avoid a runoff. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: COA's Eric Farnsworth Analyzes Costa Rica and El Salvador Election Results

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014

COA's Vice President Eric Farnsworth analyzes the issues on voters' minds in the two Central American elections. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: El Salvador Prepares for a Close Presidential Competition

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

Who are the candidates and can any of them win in the first round? Voters cast their ballots on February 2. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Costa Rica's Presidential Race

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Find out the candidates, polls, and the main voter issues ahead of this Central American country’s February 2 election. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: First Expat Votes for Costa Rica and El Salvador

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | By Kariela Almonte

For the first time, the two Central American countries will grant expatriates the right to vote in presidential elections, both taking place on February 2. ... Read More

El Salvador and Costa Rica Hold Elections Sunday—What's at Stake?

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | By Eric Farnsworth

With four Central American countries holding presidential votes within a six-month period, COA's Eric Farnsworth lays out the region's democratic advances and challenges. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Costa Rican Poll Numbers and a Presidential Debate

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 | By Nneka Etoniru

With just over a week before voters cast their ballots, poll numbers indicate the presidential race could well head for a runoff. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Breaking Down El Salvador's First Presidential Debate

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 | By Carin Zissis

Candidates shared campaign proposals, while observers lamented the lack of real debate during the televised event. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Key Dates in Brazil's Big Year

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 | By Rachel Glickhouse

This year means more than the World Cup in Brazil. Find out the important election-related events taking place in 2014. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: A Look at Gender Quotas ahead of Latin America's 2014 Legislative Votes

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 | By Nneka Etoniru

Will quota laws affect the number of female legislators elected in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Uruguay this year? ... Read More

Poll Update: FMLN Leads ARENA in El Salvador's Presidential Race

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

The governing party candidate leads polls ahead of the February 2 vote, but one survey shows it could be anyone’s win in a runoff. ... Read More

2014 Election Blog: Colombia's Presidential Candidates

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | By Rachel Glickhouse

AS/COA Online briefly profiles President Juan Manuel Santos and Oscar Iván Zuluaga, the main contenders in the run-up to the May 25 election. ... Read More

Poll Update: Costa Rica's Presidential Race Narrows

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | By Maha Masud

Front-runner and ruling party candidate Johnny Araya faces stronger competition with José María Villalta, who is gaining steam ahead of the February 2 vote. ... Read More

CCTV: Farnsworth on Brazil's Presidential Runoff

October 07, 2014

COA’s Eric Farnsworth analyzes what happened during the first round and what to expect of the final vote....

Video Q&A: President Michel Martelly on Haiti's Recovery and Future

September 29, 2014

The president spoke with AS/COA's Susan Segal on ​opportunities presented by Haiti's recovery, the UN mission's withdrawal, and Haiti's elections....

Video Q&A: Arminio Fraga on Brazil's Economic Future

September 11, 2014

The country's former central bank governor spoke about what Brazil needs to jump-start its economy....

CCTV: Farnsworth on the 2014 Colombian Presidential Election

June 04, 2014

COA's Eric Farnsworth highlights the similarities between the two candidates as the second round of voting approaches....

Video: Colombia's 2014 Economic and Political Outlook

March 28, 2014

The Colombian ambassador to the U.S. and other experts discussed the country's outlook ahead of the May presidential elections....

CCTV: Farnsworth on Importance of Presidential Elections in Costa Rica and El Salvador

February 03, 2014

COA's Vice President Eric Farnsworth analyzes the issues on voters' minds in the two Central American elections....

CCTV: Farnsworth on What Lies Ahead for Latin America in 2014

December 28, 2013

COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth highlighted potential issues to watch in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela in the year ahead....

Video: Brazil in 2014 - Economic and Political Prospects

November 08, 2013

Ahead of Brazilian presidential elections next year, panelists at an AS/COA event shared their forecasts on how economic policy could evolve in 2014....

Video - Ricardo Sennes: Brazil in 2014 - Economic and Political Prospects

November 08, 2013

Prospectiva's managing partner kicked off an AS/COA panel on Brazil by talking about the three main factors guiding the country's 2014 political prospects....

Video - Davis Hodge: Brazil in 2014 - Economic and Political Prospects

November 08, 2013

Prospectiva's Davis Hodge talked about Brazil's trade and industrial policies at an AS/COA event on the country's economical and political prospects for 2014...

Video - Lisa Schineller: Brazil in 2014 - Economic and Political Prospects

November 08, 2013

At the AS/COA event discussing Brazilian 2014 elections and political economy, the Standard & Poor’s economist talked about the country's macroeconomic scenario. ...