Beware a Leftist Landslide in Bolivia

October 10, 2014 5:58 PM

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales has gone on record saying he aims to win reelection this Sunday with 74 percent of the popular vote. Whether that was a prediction or an order, he didn't say. Yet even Morales's harshest detractors allow that the only doubt about the Oct. 12 election is the size of his landslide.

Whatever else can be said about the charismatic Andean leader -- he's authoritarian, obsessively anti-American and brooks no criticism -- his skills as a political operator are unmatched among the region's accident-prone populists. He has ruled Bolivia since 2006, longer than any president since the...

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