Early count: Nicaragua pres Ortega winning big
Sunday, November 6, 2011
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Election officials say president and former Sandinista revolutionary Daniel Ortega is winning big in Nicaragua's presidential election.
Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council says Ortega has nearly 64 percent of the votes, compared to 29 percent for his nearest challenger, Fabio Gadea, with almost 7 percent of the votes counted.
But electoral council President Roberto Rivas says a parallel count representative of the entire vote gives Ortega a big advantage as well.
Conservative Arnoldo Aleman, a former president and perennial candidate, was a distant third with 6 percent.
Ortega is seeking third term, his second consecutive, after the Supreme Court overturned term limits in the constitution.