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Get ready for more bellyaching about Latin America's leftward (sorry, "anti-American") tilt, as Ecuador heads to the final round of its presidential election. Voters have set up pretty much the ultimate contest—a left-wing Chavez ally versus a banana mogul who's the country's richest man. And in a surprising upset, the left-wing candidate who led the polls came second in the first round.

Rafael Correa, a 43-year-old economist, was quick to claim fraud and that he had won an outright victory.

He said attempts had been made to bribe his party workers in some areas and that he would be making a formal complaint.

Alvaro Noboa, who at 55 is trying for the third time to become president, said he was pleased with the result and looked forward to the second round.

Oh, and Noboa claims there was fraud, too. Not this year, but the last two times he ran.

Meanwhile, Chavez is gunning for a UN Security Council seat.

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  1. Is it just me, or has a lefty/liberal actually lost an election in the last ten years? It seems like the only way someone who isn’t the lefter of the two candidates on offer can win an election is to steal it.

  2. How would you like that caudillo served, to the left or right?

  3. It’s not all that strange that Correa ended up second even though most polls put him in first place. Of course, the polls didn’t give Gilmar “The other lefty meat” Gutierrez much votes, but he ended up showing up fourth with 20% of the votes. The problem is that most polls are done in the big cities, like Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca and Gilmar was apparently extremely popular in the most rural areas, and since they basically prey on the same type of voters, Gilmar stole a lot of the rural areas right under Correa’s nose. And since the polls never ask around those places, nobody noticed.

    Personally, even though I didn’t vote for Noboa in the first round, I guess I’ll have to support him now. Even though he looks too much like Batman’s villain The Penguin for comfort, and I am sure that he will soon be unmasked as an alien reptiloid spy on live TV, his ideas for the economy are far less retarded than Correa’s.

  4. Personally, even though I didn’t vote for Noboa in the first round, I guess I’ll have to support him now. Even though he looks too much like Batman’s villain The Penguin for comfort, and I am sure that he will soon be unmasked as an alien reptiloid spy on live TV, his ideas for the economy are far less retarded than Correa’s.

    At least you’ll get some entertainment value out of it. 🙂

    Here in the USA, we’re stuck with mostly very unentertaining politicians. Even the Dems haven’t given us a good freakshow in several years. And the Republicans seem to think that entertainment consists of a great head of hair. You’d think the land that gave the world Hollywood entertainment could do better.

  5. Sounds like AL GORE has been in EQUDOR and acting like a real idiot

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