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Costa Rica Presidential Race Tied as Scandals Hurt Party

Costa Rica’s presidential race is in a statistical tie with a third of voters undecided after corruption scandals and historically high unemployment undermined President Laura Chinchilla.

Johnny Araya of the ruling National Liberation Party has 17.4 percent support in the Feb. 2 election among likely voters with Jose Maria Villalta of the Broad Front party at 14.4 percent, according to a poll by the University of Costa Rica published yesterday. About 33 percent of the 802 people surveyed were undecided. The margin of error was 3.46 percentage points.