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Honduras Vote Count Pauses With Leftist on Track for Landslide

  • Castro’s election would end 12 years of National Party rule
  • Electoral body hasn’t updated the tally in more than 12 hours
Xiomara Castro, center, speaks after casting a ballot at a polling station during the general election in Olancho, Honduras, on Nov. 28.
Xiomara Castro, center, speaks after casting a ballot at a polling station during the general election in Olancho, Honduras, on Nov. 28.Photographer: Tomas Ayuso/Bloomberg
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Honduras’ electoral authority paused in the publication of preliminary results from Sunday’s presidential election, with a partial tally showing leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro on track for a landslide. 

Castro had 54% support, compared with 34% for the ruling party’s Nasry Asfura, with 51% of ballots tallied, according to the electoral authority. The authority stopped updating the tally from its rapid vote count system at 6:55 a.m. local time.