With 87% of votes counted early on Monday morning, the national electoral council gave 39.09% to Moreno, who was a former vice-president under the outgoing Rafael Correa, and 28.28% to Lasso, a 61-year-old former banker. For an outright win a candidate needs 40% and a 10-point lead over his nearest rival.
Moreno was already celebrating.
As the WSJ points out,
The election is the first time in a decade that Mr. Correa, who was legally barred from running, wasn’t on the ballot.
The opposition demands a recount,
Control Electoral de CREO informa nuestras cifras:
38.8% Lenin Moreno
30.3% Guillermo Lasso
15.2% Cynthia Viteri.
6.5% Paco Moncayo
— César Monge Ortega (@CesarMongeO) February 20, 2017
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