2014 Election Blog: Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos Wins Reelection
The incumbent took the victory in the runoff vote, beating rival Óscar Iván Zuluaga by more than 5 percent. Get highlights and coverage.
President Juan Manuel Santos comfortably won Colombia's runoff vote by more than 5 percent on June 15. Given the candidates' disagreement over negotiations with rebel groups, the second-round vote was viewed as a referendum on the current administration's handling of peace talks. Santos' second term begins August 7 and his government's challenge will be concluding the negotiations.
Learn more about the race and get highlights from today's vote.
- Prior to today's vote, conflicting poll results left who would win in doubt.
- Writing for U.S. News & World Report, AS/COA's Adriana La Rotta explained that a top challenge for Santos and Zuluaga involved battling voter apathy, as well as the role of the peace talks and corruption allegations in the election.
- Despite his win today, Santos lost to Zuluaga in May's first round, which included five main candidates.
- An AS/COA infographic covers Colombia's elections by the numbers.