Peru Elections: Progressive Candidate Ollanta Humala Projected Winner

A 100% of “quick count” results put left-wing candidate Humala ahead of right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori (who had recently hired Republican politician Rudy Giuliani as a political advisor) in the Presidential race.  Below are various quick vote results; via La Republica newspaper:

CPI Quick Count: Humala 52.2%; Fujimori 47.8% 

IPSOS Quick Count: Humala 51.4%; Fujimori 48.6%

Datu Quick Count: Humala 48.1%; Fujimori 46.1%

The ONPE, the official body that counts the votes, announced in a press conference the preliminary results (75.346% in) around 8:05 pm  (June 5th) coming in from mostly urban areas (where right-wing candidate Fujimori tended to have the strongest support):

Humala: 50.087%

Fujimori: 49.913%

It was expected that the count would increase in Humala’s favor since most results from rural areas had not come in yet.

Update: new ONPE results as of 7:58 am June 6, with 88.375% of the vote in, Ollanta winning with 51.276% over Fujimori, who is getting 48.724% of the vote.  Worthy of note: unlike the national trend IN Peru, a quick count of 100% of the vote from those Peruvians living abroad favored Fujimori: Ollanta got a mere 29.8% of the vote while Fujimori got an overwhelming 70.2%. 

Earlier, Washington, D.C.-based blogger Carlos QC noted the importance that young progressives played in their use of social media to bypass the grip the Peruvian corporate media had in the way the Presidential campaigns were being reported:

Peru is the latest country to join the Latin American progressive wave that has been sweeping the area during the last few years.  To read more on the background of the evolution of the “leftist tide” in Latin American, read this interesting piece from the Christian Science Monitor

Also via MSNBC:

Appealing to undecided voters in a runoff campaign that has polarized Peru, Fujimori apologized for her father’s excesses, while Humala promised to maintain economic stability and sound public finances and respect foreign investors who plan to pour $40 billion into mining and oil projects over the next decade.

[…]

“We have to remember the past when it’s time to vote,” Humala told Reuters as he ran in southern Lima shortly before polls opened on Sunday, referring to what he calls the elder Fujimori’s “dictatorship”.

The warning struck a chord with some voters.

“Ollanta will give opportunities to everyone. We want change in this country. There have been lots of promises but we are still living in poverty,” said Juan Castilla, 50, who works at a hospital.

[…]

Humala has taken to wearing ties, carrying a rosary and emulating the conciliatory style of center-left leaders like former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

He promises to respect Peru’s many free trade pacts and central bank independence, and to run a balanced budget. But he also favors policies that would increase state control over natural resources in one of the world’s top mineral exporters.

Update # 2: The Huffington Post also has an interesting report about how Humala was able to win by rejecting Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and embracing Brazi’s “market-friendly model for elevating the poor”; read that post here.