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Libertarian candidate Otto Guevara could become Costa Ricas next president

first_imgRelated posts:Villalta’s rise and Araya’s fall could upset 50 years of political dominance in Costa Rica In last presidential elections, polls overestimated Libertarian Guevara’s support and underestimated PAC’s The Tico Times to publish live election results starting at 8 p.m. Live Costa Rica election results A second round of voting in April in Costa Rica’s presidential race could turn the dynamics upside-down, as current third-place candidate Otto Guevara would be favored.This is according to the latest poll released by the daily La Nación, the first time a public poll has examined scenarios if no candidate succeeds in getting more than 40 percent of the vote in the first round.The poll ran three scenarios between the top polling candidates – the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) nominee Johnny Araya, the progressive Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta, and the Libertarian Movement Party’s Guevara.Guevara likely would defeat both Villalta and Araya – if Guevara makes it to the second round – while Araya would lose to Villalta, La Nación’s poll predicted.“I am profoundly grateful for this massive and growing support from Costa Ricans,” Guevara said in a statement. “Our message is honest and transparent and the people have understood it.”Guevara has benefited in recent months from receiving support from former and current members of the formerly dominant right-of-center Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC).Costa Rican elections go to an automatic runoff if no candidate wins more than 40 percent of the vote. This has only happened once, in 2002 when Abel Pacheco of PUSC won 38.6 percent of the vote in the first round. He went on to win 58 percent in the runoff over PLN candidate Rolando Araya.The likelihood of a runoff in this year’s Feb. 2 election has grown if the polls are accurate. No candidate has received more than 40 percent of the likely vote since Araya garnered 45 percent from  a Gallup poll in November. Even that poll has appeared to be an outlier with Araya’s support hovering between 20 percent and 28 percent in multiple polls between September and November.In the hypothetical matchups, between 30.8 percent and 26 percent of respondents either refused to pick a candidate or said they did not know.Polling took place Jan. 6-12 according to La Nación, and had a margin of error of 2.2 percent. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Cardinals were thin at running back Sunday aga

first_imgThe Cardinals were thin at running back Sunday against the Seahawks. LaRod Stephens-Howling was out for a second straight week because of a hand injury, while the Cardinals were also without the services of starter Beanie Wells, who was pulled before the game thanks to hamstring tightness. This obviously hurt the Cardinals since the two remaining running backs were Chester Taylor and Alfonso Smith. Taylor had been with the team for less than a month and Smith was seeing his first extended action in a regular season game. The tandem rushed for 74 yards and no touchdowns and Smith also had three separate chances to convert on third and one, failing each time. So the return of Wells and Stephens-Howling will be a welcome sight, one head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes the team will see this Sunday against the Giants. “As far as Beanie and LaRod I think we have a chance of getting both of those guys back for the game this week,” Whisenhunt said. “We’ll see how that progresses in practice this week.” Smith was the better of the two running backs, rushing for 54 of the team’s 74 yards. That total impressed the head coach. “When you’re missing a number of guys the next guys have to step up,” Whisenhunt said. “I thought Alfonso ran hard [Sunday], that was his first real action in an NFL game and I think if he has to do that again he’ll be even better.” While Whisenhunt was pleased, Smith had different thoughts about his performance. “I’m going to grade it as an F,” Smith said about his play. “I didn’t do enough to help the team win so I’m going to be my worst critic and say I need to do better.” Top Stories Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Even though Smith wasn’t happy with his performance, playing in the game gave him more confidence in his abilities. “I feel that throughout the game that my confidence picked up,” Smith said. “Now I know that I can go in there and do what they ask of me and I’m pretty confident in the plays, play calls and in my abilities.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

The Warrior

first_imgNot a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Username Remember me Lost your password?center_img When I was in middle school, my dad made the conscious decision to trade international travel and private jets for Friday night football games and drill team competitions. He opened a solo practice in Humble, Texas. He took whatever walked in the door—anything from probate court to federal court. I didn’t think twice about what he gave up. I was just happy to have my dad home . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Passwordlast_img