Ex-mayor to face senator in Uruguay’s presidential race

July 1, 2019
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Uruguay's presidential hopeful for the Nacional Party, Luis Lacalle Pou, center, celebrates in his headquarters after being elected candidate for his party in the primary election day in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Uruguay's political parties are choosing their presidential candidates Sunday in a simultaneous election. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A former mayor of Uruguay’s capital will face off against the son of a former president in Uruguay’s presidential election.

Daniel Martínez won Sunday’s nationwide primary for the governing center-left Broad Front coalition, while Sen. Luis Lacalle Pou easily won the nomination of the center-right National Party.

The 45-year-old Lacalle had been the party’s candidate in the 2014 election. He’s the son of ex-President Luis Alberto Lacalle, who governed from 1990 to 1995.

Finishing a distant second in the National Party primary was multimillionaire Juan Sartori, a minority shareholder in England’s Sunderland Football Club.

Economist Ernesto Talvi won the primary for the conservative Colorado Party, Uruguay’s third-largest, topping ex-President Julio María Sanguinetti.

Forty-one percent of the votes came in the National Party contest, versus 24% for the Broad Front.

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