Costa Rican general election, 2010
In green provinces won by Chinchilla
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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.
- 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)
For the then three major parties; PLN, PAC and ML the voting for the presidential ballot was superior to the support in the legislative, as for example PLN presidential candidate Laura Chinchilla received 46% of the votes and PLN’s legislative ballot only 37%. Similarly PAC’s candidate Ottón Solís with 25% presidential against 17% legislative and Otto Guevara with 20% oppose to 14% legislative. Contrary to PUSC whose candidate Luis Fishman received 3% electoral support while his party received 8%. 
This was PAC’s worst electoral result in its history having the smallest faction in the Parliament and ML’s best result with to this date its biggest. PLN only lost one seat. Left-wing Broad Front maintained its only seat in the person of future presidential nominee José María Villalta Florez-Estrada and two Christian parties for the first time had deputies at the same time; Costa Rican Renovation Party and its provincial offshoot National Restoration.
- 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%
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.
|National Liberation Party (Partido Liberación Nacional)||708,043||37.16||24|
|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|
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