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Latin America's First Election of 2018 Was… Normal

April 02, 2018

In the first battle of Latin America’s “Year of Elections,” the center unexpectedly held.

After a campaign that was shaken first by a government corruption scandal, and then by a bitter debate over same-sex marriage and the future of the secular state itself, Costa Ricans ended up choosing a fairly ordinary, center-left ruling party candidate on Sunday as their next president.

Carlos Alvarado Quesada won by a much bigger margin than expected, 60 percent to 40 percent, over Christian singer and journalist Fabricio...

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