Uruguayan general election, 2014

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Uruguayan general election, 2014
Uruguay
2009 ←
26 October 2014 (first round)
30 November 2014 (second round)
→ 2019

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Nominee Tabaré Vázquez Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou
Party Broad Front National Party
Running mate Raúl Sendic Jorge Larrañaga
Popular vote 1,226,105 939,074
Percentage 56.63% 43.37

President before election

José Mujica
Broad Front

Elected President

Tabaré Vázquez
Broad Front

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General elections were held in Uruguay on 26 October 2014, alongside a constitutional referendum. Since no presidential candidate received the absolute majority, a runoff took place on 30 November 2014. Primary elections were held on 1 June 2014.

Incumbent President José Mujica was ineligible to run due to a constitutional limit on serving consecutive terms. The governing Broad Front nominated former President Tabaré Vázquez as its candidate, with Vázquez defeating Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou of the National Party in the second round of voting by the widest margin since the run-off system was first implemented in 1999. The Broad Front also maintained its majority in the Chamber of Deputies, winning 50 of the 99 seats.

Campaign[edit]

There were around 250,000 new voters in this election, many of them not used to traditional media.[1] Campaign managers and advertising agents took notice of this new trend, and implemented an important portion of their campaign via social media.[2]

Primaries[edit]

Candidates[edit]

According to the opinion polls,[3] the political landscape remained stable, due to the fact that most serious candidates had already run on the previous election.[4] In the ruling coalition Broad Front, former president Tabare Vazquez who had left office in 2010 with approval ratings above 60%, was challenged by senator Constanza Moreira. The major surprise was the rise of representative Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou from the conservative faction of the National Party, and his narrow victory over the more liberal former presidential candidate and senator Jorge Larrañaga:[5]

Smaller parties

Many other smaller parties, most of them newly created, also took part in the elections and put forward presidential condidates:

Opinion polls[edit]

Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Broad Front National Party Colorado Party Independent Party Popular Assembly None/Unsure
Cifra[12] 10–21 July 2013 1,021 43% 25% 14% 2% - 16%
Mori[13] 21 December 2013 - 44% 25% 14% 2% - 11%
Cifra[14] 19 February 2014 1,000 45% 28% 15% - - -

Results[edit]

Party Presidential candidate First round Second round Seats
Votes % Votes % Chamber +/– Senate +/–
Broad Front Tabaré Vázquez 1,134,187 49.45 1,226,105 56.63 50 0 15 –1
National Party Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou 732,601 31.94 939,074 43.37 32 +2 10 +1
Colorado Party Pedro Bordaberry 305,699 13.33 13 –4 4 –1
Independent Party Pablo Mieres 73,379 3.20 3 +1 1 +1
Popular Assembly Gonzalo Abella 26,869 1.17 1 +1 0 0
Partido Ecologista Radical Intransigente César Vega 17,835 0.78 0 New 0 New
Workers' Party Rafael Fernández 3,218 0.14 0 - 0 -
Invalid/blank votes 78,329 156,051
Total 2,372,117 100 2,321,230 100 99 0 30 0
Registered voters/turnout 2,620,791 90.51 2,620,791 88.57
Source: Corte Electoral, Buenos Aires Herald

Within the Broad Front coalition, Movement of Popular Participation won six seats in the Senate, the Liber Seregni Front won three and the Socialist Party won two.[15] Following the second round of the presidential elections, the Broad Front gained an extra seat in the Senate, giving them a majority, as Vice President Raúl Fernando Sendic Rodríguez automatically became a member.[15]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Spanish Wikipedia.
  1. ^ "New voters, a mysterious lot". El Observador. 29 January 2014.  (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Advertising agents working behind the candidates". El Observador. 6 February 2014.  (Spanish)
  3. ^ Cifra opinion polls (Spanish)
  4. ^ Elections and renewal (Spanish)
  5. ^ a b c d "Unexpected victory of Lacalle Pou in the Uruguayan primaries". EL PAIS (in Spanish). 2 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Reserved diagnostic". Brecha (in Spanish). 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Broad Front's candidates and platform". El Observador (in Spanish). 25 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Candidate profiles". La Diaria (in Spanish). 27 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "The only real primaries". EL PAIS (in Spanish). 10 March 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Two more candidates ready to fight (in Spanish).
  11. ^ Hasta donde nos lleve la gente (in Spanish).
  12. ^ "Fifteen months ahead of presidential election, Uruguay’s ruling coalition continues to lead". Merco Press. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Uruguay's ruling coalition ends 2013 with a majority lead in public opinion". Merco Press. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ruling party leads in opinion polls". The Economist. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Broad Front secures majority in Congress". Buenos Aires Herald. 28 October 2014. 

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