Candidate Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizens' Action Party (PAC) gestures during a rally after Costa Rica's presidential election in San Jose, Costa Rica February 4, 2018. Picture taken February 4, 2018. (REUTERS/Randall Campos)
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An evangelical candidate who soared in the polls after coming out strongly against same-sex marriage and a governing party loyalist who favors it led in preliminary returns from Costa Rica's presidential election late Sunday, and appeared poised to go to a runoff.With 68 percent of the votes counted, Fabricio Alvarado had 25.2 percent and Carlos Alvarado -- no relation -- had 21.1 percent.If no one in the 13-candidate field finishes above 40 percent, the top two advance to a second round of voting scheduled for April 1 .Carlos Alvarado was the only major candidate to openly back gay marriage and picked up some support recently from socially liberal voters.With so many candidates, a runoff seemed likely heading into the election.
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