The Guardian | 5/31/2010 12:00:00 AM
Colombia sticks with Santos
May 31st--Buoyed by the party machine and rural voters, a win for Juan Manuel Santos means an uphill battle for Antanas Mockus
The rural vote, the strength of the traditional party machines and fear of voting for the unknown are the most likely explanations of the results. Mockus, a former mayor of Bogotá, had energised young people in the cities, but there was always a danger that the countryside, where poor rural voters are more susceptible to the sort of pork-barrel politics that Mockus campaigned against, would be more conservative. While Mockus urged his supporters to shout at rallies "we weren't paid to be here", other parties offered hungry voters in rural villages free lunches.
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