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Gabriel Boric address a crowd of his suppoters. Gabriel Boric addresses supporters after receiving the news of his victory in Chile's primary elections, July 18, 2021 (AP photo by Felipe Figueroa).

Chile’s Voters Tack Back to the Center

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Primary elections in Chile over the weekend brought a sigh of relief to those in Latin America anxious about growing polarization in their countries. Many observers have feared that the crises roiling the region will prompt voters to flock to the extremes, on both the right and left, and create further instability and uncertainty. Those concerns were heightened after Peru’s first-round presidential election, featuring 18 candidates, catapulted the far-right and far-left candidates into a tense runoff, followed by a perilous period of uncertainty that only came to a close this week, six weeks after the votes were cast. 

But voters in Chile surprised the experts and the pollsters, lining up behind the more moderate candidates for the Nov. 21 first-round election. ...

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