Costa Rica: election campaign shock
Things have changed significantly since last September, when Johnny Araya, presidential candidate of the National Liberation Party had a seemingly insurmountable lead (see Centralamericalink of September 30, 2013).
Now, just two months before the election, the percentage is 37% for Araya, while José María Villalta of the leftist Broad Front, Frente Amplio, is just 5 points behind, having gained 20 points, according to a CID Gallup poll for the Costa Rican newspaper La República, published this week.
Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement is in third place with 15%.
In September, Araya led voter preferences with 48%.
Based on the survey, if the election were held today, Costa Rica would go to a second round, involving two distinct trends - center and left - something not seen in recent decades.
The elections go to a run-off between the two leaders, if no candidate receives 40% of the vote in the initial phase.