Ortega Victory Certain, Nicaragua’s Future Unclear

The presidential victory for the United States' Cold War Sandinista foe, Daniel Ortega, is certain. With 91.6% of polling stations reporting, the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) candidate Ortega is in first place with 38.07% of the vote. In second place is Alianza Liberal Nicaraguense (ALN) candidate Eduardo Montealegre with 29%, followed by Partido Liberal Constitucional candidate José Rizo with 26.21%. In fourth place is Movimiento Renovador Sandinista (MRS) candidate Edmundo Jarquín with 6.44%, and coming in last is Alianza para el Cambio (AC) candidate Edén Pastora with 0.27% of the vote. Montealegre officially conceded the victory to Ortega on November 7th.