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Dominican Republic presidential election, 2008


Dominican Republic presidential election, 2008

Dominican Republic presidential election, 2008

May 16, 2008 (2008-05-16)

Nominee Leonel Fernández Miguel Vargas Amable Aristy Castro
Electoral vote 2,199,734 1,654,066 187,645
Percentage 53.83% 40.48% 4.59%

Nominee Eduardo Estrella
Party PRSD
Electoral vote 19,309
Percentage 0.47%

President before election

Leonel Fernández

Elected President

Leonel Fernández

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
the Dominican Republic

A presidential election was held in the Dominican Republic on 16 May 2008.

A poll from late October 2007 gave the incumbent Leonel Fernández of the centre-right Dominican Liberation Party 42%, construction tycoon Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the centre-left Dominican Revolutionary Party 30% and Amable Aristy Castro of the populist Social Christian Reformist Party 17%. [1]

A poll from mid-November 2007 saw Fernández at 40.1%, Vargas Maldonado at 30.5%, Aristy Castro at 17.2%, Eduardo Estrella of the Fourth Way at 1.5% and Pedro Candelier of the Popular Alliance Party at 1.1%.[2]

The latest polls gave the incumbent Fernández 54% of the votes, Vargas 36% and Aristy 9% as of late April 2008.[3]

On 17 May, preliminary results from the Central Electoral Commission, based on 91% of precincts, showed that Fernández was reelected with 54% of the vote, while Vargas had 40% and Aristy 5%. Fernández declared victory, while Vargas conceded defeat; the [4]

The result ended in a victory for the Dominican Liberation Party and its candidate, Dr. Leonel Fernández.

 Summary of the 16 May 2008 Dominican Republic presidential election results
Candidates – Parties Votes %
Leonel FernándezDominican Liberation Party and allies (Partido de la Liberación Dominicana y aliados) 2,199,734 53.83
Miguel VargasDominican Revolutionary Party and allies (Partido Revolucionario Dominicano y aliados) 1,654,066 40.48
Amable Aristy CastroSocial Christian Reformist Party (Partido Reformista Social Cristiano) 187,645 4.59
Eduardo EstrellaRevolutionary Social Democratic Party and allies (Partido Revolucionario Social Demócrata y aliados) 19,309 0.47
Guillermo MorenoMovement for Independence, Unity and Change (Movimiento Independencia, Unidad y Cambio) 18,136 0.44
Pedro de Jesús CandelierPopular Alliance Party (Partido Alianza Popular) 6,118 0.15
Trajano SantanaIndependent Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Independiente) 1,533 0.04
Total (turnout 70.67 %) 4,086,541 100.00%
Source: Junta Central Electoral


  1. ^ "Fernández Could Win Again in Dominican Republic", Angus Reid Global Monitor, November 20, 2007.
  2. ^ "Fernández Stays Ahead of Challengers in DR", Angus Reid Global Monitor, December 9, 2007.
  3. ^ "Fernández is Frontrunner in Dominican Ballot", Angus Reid Global Monitor, May 14, 2008.
  4. ^ "Dominican Republic president declares re-election victory with 54 percent of vote", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), 17 May 2008.
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