Costa Rican general election, 1948

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Costa Rican general election, 1948

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  Otilio Ulate Blanco cropped.jpg Calderón Guardia 1940 cropped.jpg
Nominee Otilio Ulate Rafael Calderón
Party National Union National Republican
Alliance National Opposition Victory Bloc
Home state San José San José
Popular vote 54.931 44,438
Percentage 55.3% 44.7%

President before election

Teodoro Picado
National Republican

Elected President

Otilio Ulate
National Union

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General elections were held in Costa Rica on 8 February 1948.[1] Otilio Ulate Blanco of the National Union Party won the presidential election with 55.3% of the vote, although the elections were deemed fraudulent and annulled by Congress, leading to the Costa Rican Civil War later that year.[2] Following the war, the results of the parliamentary election were also annulled.[1] Voter turnout was 43.8% in the vice-presidential election and 49.2%.[3]



Candidate Party Votes %
Otilio Ulate Blanco National Union Party 54,931 55.3
Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia National Republican Party 44,438 44.7
Invalid/blank votes 0 -
Total 99,369 100
Source: Nohlen
Popular Vote
National Union
National Republican


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p155 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ Nohlen, p178
  3. ^ Nohlen, p156