Six countries in Central and South America held presidential elections in 2019. Elsewhere in the Americas, Justin Trudeau won a second term as prime minister when Canada held federal elections on October 21 and Colombia held local elections on October 27.
Explore our individual guides via links below:
- ARGENTINA: August 11 primaries, October 27 general elections
- BOLIVIA: January 27 primaries, October 20 general elections
- EL SALVADOR: February 3 general election
- GUATEMALA: June 16 general election, August 11 runoff
- PANAMA: May 5 single round
- URUGUAY: October 27 general elections, November 24 runoff
AS/COA tracks the votes through articles, poll updates, podcasts, and programs.
In the wake of Evo Morales’ resignation, AS/COA Online’s Holly K. Sonneland talks with two experts about events on the ground.
"Had [Evo Morales] left before this whole anti-constitutional effort to maintain power, his legacy would’ve been totally different," the AS/COA vice president said in this interview.
Latin America’s longest continuously serving president stepped down November 10. AS/COA Online tracks events from election day through Morales’ resignation.
Alberto Fernández defeated President Mauricio Macri in the first round. Juan Cruz Díaz, Cefeidas Group managing director and AS/COA special advisor, lays out the country’s political panorama.
Left-leaning politicians will occupy the mayor’s seat in the country’s three biggest cities, while uribismo lost races across the board.
The governing Broad Front coalition’s Daniel Martínez will face the National Party’s Luis Lacalle Pou in what could be a tight November 24 runoff.
Days after the October 20 election and a delay in the final tally, counts gave Morales what he needs to avoid a runoff. But the controversy’s not over yet.
The October 27 election is coming down to two presidential tickets, and Alberto Fernández is polling ahead of President Mauricio Macri.
The first nationwide elections since the 2018 presidential race take place on October 27. Bogotanos will pick their next mayor—one of the top posts in the country.
Carlos Mesa outperformed polls, indicating a likely runoff against Evo Morales. But official results are stalled.
The courts ruled that Evo Morales can run for a fourth consecutive term. Do Bolivians want him to?
The ruling coalition's Daniel Martínez leads polls, but that doesn't mean he should get too comfortable. The first round takes place October 27.
Six tickets will compete in the October 27 first round, but the race comes down to Alberto Fernández versus President Mauricio Macri.
The 2019 race might not yield major political shifts, but the next president will still face unknown territory, says Professor Arturo Porzecanski. The first round-vote takes place October 27.
Based on polls, it's possible that Evo Morales's party will lose the two-thirds majority in Congress but retain a slim absolute majority in both houses, writes AS/COA's Holly Sonneland in this Q&A.
Argentina’s president was arguably the greatest hope of liberal technocrats in the region.
Uncertainty at the polls and over the economy mark Bolivia’s Oct. 20 presidential elections.
With 100 days as president under his belt, what has Latin America’s youngest president done to address corruption, security, and emigration?
Why Bolivia’s leading opposition candidate has lost momentum.
Six tickets made it past the primary to vie for the presidency. The first round takes place October 27.
Brazil’s 2002 crisis illuminates a way to calm investors, writes a longtime emerging markets economist.
With the primary behind Uruguayans, here’s a look at who’s in the running and other issues coming up in the October 27 vote.
Conservative Alejandro Giammattei beat Sandra Torres in a runoff amid low voter turnout to replace Jimmy Morales.
So far, 15 provinces have held elections. While the peronistas saw one seat flip to another party, they increased victory margins in several others.
Nine candidates are competing in the August 11 primary, known as the PASO, but pollsters put rivals Alberto Fernández and Mauricio Macri well ahead of the others.
Sandra Torres and Alejandro Giammattei will face off in an August 11 runoff with an expected low voter turnout and amid an immigration deal with Washington.
Alejandro Giammattei leads Sandra Torres in polling ahead of the August 11 runoff to replace Jimmy Morales.
Argentina’s presidential candidates are already set. But the upcoming PASO could still have a big impact on the race.
How is President Macri polling? And with whom is ex-President Fernández de Kirchner sharing the electoral ticket? AS/COA Online takes a look.
Is the presidential hopeful distancing himself from his running mate?
The former first lady will face an ex-prison director in a second-round vote on August 11.
Sandra Torres has a healthy lead in polling ahead of the June 16 general elections, but she shouldn't rest easy.
Since taking office on June 1, the young president has already made a set of notable decisions.
With the first-round vote slated for June 16, here’s a look at what’s at stake and who’s still in the running.
Political scientist Marielos Chang explains why Sandra Torres is the candidate to beat, though her win is not a sure bet. The first-round vote takes place June 16.
At COA's Washington Conference on the Americas, CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera talked with the 37-year-old leader about immigration, foreign policy, and job creation.
The PRD’s Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo is proclaimed winner of closest presidential race of the last 30 years.
One candidate leads, but polls have been wrong before.
Public dissent and legal challenges have slowed implementation of President Mauricio Macri’s 2017 reform.
Uruguay's ruling coalition goes for a fourth consecutive term in a campaign marked by a debate over rising crime.
Macri and Kirchner are garnering the most attention ahead of Argentina's October vote. But there's room for a dark horse.
In his controversial push for a fourth term, Evo Morales faces another former president.
Ending corruption is top on voters' minds in Panama, but they're split over who offers the most credible promise of change.
Two months out from Guatemala's election, it's still unclear who will be allowed on the ballot.
From gubernatorial PASOs to the first-ever mandatory presidential debates, AS/COA Online outlines key dates ahead of October 27 general elections.
Learn about the candidates’ positions on everything from constitutional reform to social security to agricultural production.
The opposition PRD party leads the race in the seven-candidate field ahead of the May 5 vote.
An expert panel in New York agreed the country's economic prospects look to improve in 2019 over the previous year and will be a key factor in October's presidential election.
Learn about what the 37-year-old former mayor plans to do as president.
Argentina’s dark-horse presidential candidate speaks to AQ about his vision for uniting the country.
AS/COA Online takes a look at upcoming presidential races in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay.
President Jimmy Morales' maneuvering against Guatemala's institutions could give the U.S. a chance to recalibrate its policy.
Can Nayib Bukele win outright on February 3? That’s the big question—and the result is not a given.
Steven Levitsky, co-author of How Democracies Die, talks about Brazil’s election, strategies for the Venezuelan opposition, and the lack of female authoritarians.
Another controversial maverick hits the campaign trail in Latin America.
A year out from Argentina's election, a familiar face is testing political waters.
The frontrunner’s direct connection with supporters is upending party politics.
Argentina’s president is struggling with an economic crisis. His predecessor is implicated in a huge corruption case. Is there room for another challenger?
Cinco miembros del gabinete, dos gobernadores, un alcalde, líderes del sector privado y otros se reunieron durante la decimoquinta conferencia anual de AS/COA en Buenos Aires.
Los gobernadores de Salta y Mendoza hablaron de la importancia de la transparencia en la política y en los mercados para la mejoría de la economía argentina.
Thelma Aldana made her mark in Guatemala’s fight against corruption. Is she ready for politics?
El Alto, Bolivia, was key to Evo Morales' rise, and thrived during his three terms in office. Why is it turning against the president as he campaigns for a fourth?