There is a chance that Evo Morales will reach the 50% of the vote, which was considered impossible. Eighty percent of the vote has been counted. Quiroga trails with 31%
Without a second round of voting, no candidate will reach the desired 50% + 1 outcome. However, many seem to think that MAS will reach a record high for popular vote. Even though they have not come close to crossing into the 40s% in any of the polls, I will go out on a limb… Continue reading Predictions
So what’s been up this past several days? For starters, I have been sick in bed for a good part of the week. Official campaigning came to a close at midnight on Thursday. The top four Presidential campaigns had their final events during the week. Samuel Doria Medina (UN) found a unique place to hold… Continue reading The Final Hours
Last Sunday, Samuel Doria Medina insinuated that new polls would come out this week, which conveniently would shake up the order of finish. Doria Medina said that he thinks that one of the television channels (he didn’t name which one) will release a poll mid-week, which would show Quiroga in first place and that Doria… Continue reading Inside Information?
A new initiative called Vive Tu Voto will allow Bolivians living in the Washington DC area and in cyberspace to emit their symbolic, and non-binding vote for the December 18th elections. A couple of Bolivian restaurants will host these voting exercises. This has been an issue that strikes a chord with many Bolivian ex-patriates in… Continue reading Symbolic External Vote
Having been in the country a little over a week, I have yet to make contact with many relatives and other friends. When I arrive home at night, it is way past the acceptable 10 pm call cut-off time. When I do manage to briefly speak with them, they ask me what I have been… Continue reading Participating vs. Observing
Following “Bolivian time” on the campaign trail would seem to be a trainwreck waiting to happen. However, somehow, everything turns out alright. Each day, on a rotating basis, one staff member is assigned to accompany the candidate and to be in charge of that day’s events. These responsbilities include knowing where the campaign event will… Continue reading On the Clock