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Molina, Baldizon & Suger Head for Runoff in Guatemala

Manuel Antonio Baldizón Méndez 41%


Not so fast, candidates.

The presidential election in Guatemala will not be determined until November, after preliminary results in Monday's election showed that the three leading candidates failed to secure 50 percent of the vote.

With 95 percent of the polling stations reporting, Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriot Party received with 36 percent support, followed by businessman Manuel Baldizón with 24 percent and Eduardo Suger with 16 percent.

"We are going to double our efforts, now that we are in the second round," Pérez said after learning he would be in the runoff.

In pre-election polls, Pérez, who promised to get tough on Guatemala's rampant crime, had the support of up to 48 percent of voters. Baldizón had 18 percent and Suger 10 percent. All are right-leaning. Any candidate needed more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid the Nov. 6 runoff. The new president takes office in January.

But Pérez garnered far less, as Baldizón's support increased in the weeks leading up. to the election.




September 12, 2011

Read full article: latino.foxnews.com


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