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Leftist Presidential Candidate Leads Vote In El Salvador, Probably Faces Runoff

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's ruling leftist party appeared to win the presidential vote with over 99 percent of ballots counted, but candidate Salvador Sanchez probably faces a runoff after narrowly failing to win a simple majority of votes.

Presidential elections in Costa Rica were much closer, but that race also appeared headed toward a runoff.

El Salvador's electoral tribunal said late Sunday that with 99.16 percent of the votes counted, Vice President Salvador Sanchez of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front had won 48.92 percent of ballots.

And with 73 percent of ballots counted in Costa Rica, opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solis had won 30.77 percent, while ruling-party candidate Johnny Araya had 29.68 percent. Costa Rica requires a runoff when no candidate wins at least 40 percent of the votes.

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