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President Ortega?

Remember Daniel Ortega, the Sandinista leader of Nicaragua in the 1980s? He’s back–and he’s leading the polls for the presidential election his country will hold next month. The good news is that if these numbers hold up, Ortega will go into a runoff against Eduardo Montealegre, who is the guy to cheer for:

Under the headline “The Game Is Between Ortega and Montealegre”, Nicaragua’s largest newspaper, La Prensa, published the results today from the newest poll in Nicaragua. (The poll was ordered by La Prensa and conducted by M&R Consultants.)

30.9 % – Daniel Ortega (Sandinistas- FSLN)

26.4 % – Eduardo Montealegre (Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance- ALN)

16.3 % – José Rizo (Constitutional Liberal Party- PLC)

15.9 % – Edmundo Jarquín (Sandinista Renovation Movement- MRS)

9.6 %   – Unknown/Undecided Vote 

According to the poll, 66% of the voters identified themselves as anti-Ortega, and 74% of those said they would be disposed to vote for whichever candidate could defeat Ortega even if that candidate were not their first choice.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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