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Costa Rica Elects Pro-Gay Marriage Leader in Surprise Landslide

  • Winner Carlos Alvarado is a 38-year old former labor minister
  • In victory speech Alvarado pledges action on record deficit
Carlos Alvarado at a rally with supporters in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Jan. 28, 2018.

Photographer: EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP via Getty Images

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Costa Ricans elected a candidate from the ruling party to be their next president, confounding polls which had predicted a win for an evangelical preacher who’d campaigned on his opposition to gay marriage.

Carlos Alvarado, 38, a novelist and former labor minister will take office on May 8, after winning 61 percent of the vote, with 95 percent of polling stations reporting.