Costa Rican general election, 2010
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Costa Rica held parliamentary and presidential elections on February 7, 2010. The ruling party before the election, the center-left National Liberation Party, put forward former Vice-President Laura Chinchilla as its presidential candidate, while the libertarian, Movimiento Libertario nominated former legislator Otto Guevara. Opinion polls before voting started consistently put Chinchilla as the front-runner, a trend confirmed in the election-night count, which showed her garnering 46.76% of the vote.
The election was supervised by observers from several countries, as well as from the Organization of American States. The incumbent President, Óscar Arias, was ineligible to run for a second consecutive term.
Presidential candidates 
- Laura Chinchilla Miranda (ruling National Liberation Party, vice-president 2006-08)
- Ottón Solís (oppositional Citizens' Action Party, candidate in 2006)
- Otto Guevara (Movimiento Libertario, candidate in 2006)
- Luis Fishman (conservative Social Christian Unity Party, vice-president under Abel Pacheco)
Opinion polling 
CID-Gallup 24 January 2010: Chinchilla 43%; Guevara 30%; Solís 15%; Fishman 8%
Borge & Asociados for Diario Extra opinion poll January 2010: Chinchilla 38.7%; Guevara 18.3%; Solís 9.6%; Fishman 3.7%
Demoscopía for Al Día January 2010: Chinchilla 45.1%; Guevara 30.1%; Solís 9.5%; Fishman 3.8 %
December 2009: Chinchilla 36.7%; Guevara 16.2%; Solís 8.5%; Fishman 2.2%
December 2009: Chinchilla 46.6%; Guevara 19.5%; Solís 8.3%; Fishman 4.1%
October 2009: Chinchilla 53.0%; Guevara 15.7%; Solís 12.3%; Fishman 1.5%
Presidential election results 
At 9:08 p.m. local time on election day, February 7, second-placed candidate Otton Solis conceded defeat to Laura Chinchilla, who will become Costa Rica's first female president. With approximately 40% of the vote counted, Chinchilla was consistently surpassing the 40% threshold for victory in the first round, leading Solis by 47% to 24%, with third-placed candidate Otto Guevara trailing at 21.5%.
|Candidates – Parties||Votes||%|
|Laura Chinchilla – National Liberation Party||863,803||46.78|
|Ottón Solís – Citizens' Action Party||464,454||25.15|
|Otto Guevara – Libertarian Movement Party||384,540||20.83|
|Luis Fishman – Social Christian Unity Party||71,330||3.86|
|Óscar López – Access without Exclusion||35,215||1.91|
|Mayra González – Costa Rican Renovation Party||13,376||0.72|
|Eugenio Trejos – Broad Front||6,822||0.37|
|Rolando Araya – Patriotic Alliance Party*||3,795||0.21|
|Walter Muñoz – National Integration Party*||3,198||0.17|
|Total (turnout 69.14%)||1,846,533||100.00|
|* Candidacy withdrawn in favour of Ottón Solís on 15 January 2010.
Parliamentary election results 
|National Liberation Party (Partido Liberación Nacional)||708,043||37.16||23|
|Citizens' Action Party (Partido Acción Ciudadana)||334,636||17.68||11|
|Libertarian Movement Party (Partido Movimiento Libertario)||275,518||14.48||9|
|Access without Exclusion (Accesibilidad sin Exclusión)||171,858||9.17||4|
|Social Christian Unity Party (Partido de Unidad Socialcristiana)||155,047||8.05||6|
|Costa Rican Renovation Party (Partido Renovación Costariccense)||73,150||3.79||1|
|Broad Front (Frente Amplio)||68.987||3.66||1|
|National Restoration (Restauración Nacional)||29.530||1.62||1|
|Patriotic Alliance Party (Partido Alianza Patriótica)||28.349||1.49||—|
|National Integration Party (Partido Integración Nacional)||14.643||0.83||—|
|Cartaginese Agricultural Union (Unión Agrícola Cartaginés)||11,862||0.58||—|
|Heredian Restoration (Restauración Herediana)||7,953||0.43||—|
|Alajuelan Restoration (Restauración Alajuelense)||7,298||0.39||—|
|Cartaginese Transparency (Transparencia Cartaginés)||4,590||0.23||—|
|Ecologist Green (Verde Ecologista)||2,901||0.15||—|
|Elderly Alliance Party (Partido Alianza Mayor)||2,724||0.15||—|
|Alajuelan Familiar Force (Fuerza Familiar Alajuelense)||1,609||0.08||—|
|Workers' and Farmers' Movement (Movimiento de Trabajadores y Campesinos)||1,127||0.06||—|
|Total (turnout 69.08%)||1,738,611||100.00||57|
- (in Spanish)
- Jara, Francisco (2010-02-06). "AFP: First female poised for Costa Rica presidency". Google.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- "Chinchilla Leads, Guevara Gains in Costa Rica: Angus Reid Global Monitor". Angus-reid.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- "Solís reconoce victoria de Chinchilla - EL PAÍS". nacion.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
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