Dominican Republic presidential election, 2008
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A presidential election was held in the Dominican Republic on 16 May 2008.
A poll from late October 2007 gave the incumbent Leonel Fernández of the centre-right Dominican Liberation Party 42%, construction tycoon Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the centre-left Dominican Revolutionary Party 30% and Amable Aristy Castro of the populist Social Christian Reformist Party 17%. 
A poll from mid-November 2007 saw Fernández at 40.1%, Vargas Maldonado at 30.5%, Aristy Castro at 17.2%, Eduardo Estrella of the Fourth Way at 1.5% and Pedro Candelier of the Popular Alliance Party at 1.1%.
The latest polls gave the incumbent Fernández 54% of the votes, Vargas 36% and Aristy 9% as of late April 2008.
On 17 May, preliminary results from the Central Electoral Commission, based on 91% of precincts, showed that Fernández was reelected with 54% of the vote, while Vargas had 40% and Aristy 5%. Fernández declared victory, while Vargas conceded defeat; the Organization of American States congratulated Fernández.
|Candidates – Parties||Votes||%|
|Leonel Fernández – Dominican Liberation Party and allies (Partido de la Liberación Dominicana y aliados)||2,199,734||53.83|
|Miguel Vargas – Dominican Revolutionary Party and allies (Partido Revolucionario Dominicano y aliados)||1,654,066||40.48|
|Amable Aristy Castro – Social Christian Reformist Party (Partido Reformista Social Cristiano)||187,645||4.59|
|Eduardo Estrella – Revolutionary Social Democratic Party and allies (Partido Revolucionario Social Demócrata y aliados)||19,309||0.47|
|Guillermo Moreno – Movement for Independence, Unity and Change (Movimiento Independencia, Unidad y Cambio)||18,136||0.44|
|Pedro de Jesús Candelier – Popular Alliance Party (Partido Alianza Popular)||6,118||0.15|
|Trajano Santana – Independent Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Independiente)||1,533||0.04|
|Total (turnout 70.67 %)||4,086,541||100.00%|
|Source: Junta Central Electoral|
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