Dominican Republic

Presidential election today


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A total of 6,502,968 voters, of whom 328,968 are expatriates living largely in the United States will be voting for a new president today.

Incumbent president Leonel Fernández, of the centrist Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) cannot stand because he has completed the maximum two terms allowed under the constitution. His party has chosen Danilo Medina to replace him.

The election will have a feeling of déjà vu for many voters because the two main contenders facing each other in the 2000 presidential election. At that time Hipólito Mejía of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) was successful.

In today’s race the two candidates are way ahead of the other four candidates standing and polls suggest that Medina will be victorious in this first round without the need for a second round runoff.

The six candidates standing are:

Danilo Medina; Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)
Hipólito Mejía; Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD)
Guillermo Moreno; Alianza País
Eduardo Estrella; Dominicans for Change
Max Puig; Alliance for Democracy
Julian Serulle; Frente Amplio.

Three recent polls give Medina a clear lead. The Asisa Research Group puts Medina on 53.3% and Mejía on 44.7%. Insight puts Medina on 54.7% and Mejía on 43.1% and Bendixen & Amandi puts Medina on 52% with Mejía on 45% according to dr1.

The electoral commission is promising results before 9 p.m.

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