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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Article from NotiCen, April 17
The underdog in the bid for the presidential nomination for the opposition center-left Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), political scientist and university professor Luis Guillermo Solís, last year scored the first of three surprise political wins in a row when he became the party’s hopeful for the 2014 election. Just as he did for his party’s primary, the presidential candidate who started off basically known to academia, journalists, and international organizations rolled up his sleeves and geared up for some hard work. The result was the second surprise victory, when, despite poll estimates that did not give him much of a chance, early results of the elections on Feb. 2 placed him first, followed by Johnny Araya of the ruling social democratic Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN), who came in second, after having led polls. April 6 came, and with it Luis Guillermo’s third election surprise: a landslide victory margin of more than 55 points.