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Guest posted a topic in TopicsA Nicaraguan voter gets his finger marked with indelible ink by an electoral official after casting ballot at a polling station during the country's general elections, in Managua, Nicaragua, on Sunday. Six candidates, including the incumbent president Daniel Ortega, are vying to be the Central American nation's next head of state. Photo by Jorge Torres/EPA MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was poised to easily capture his third consecutive term and fourth overall as voters headed to the polls Sunday. His wife, Rosario Murillo, is his vice presidential running mate against five lesser-known candidates. Ortega, 70, is a former Marxist guerrilla who became the country's first post-revolutionary president, serving until 1990. He lost his reelection bid in 1990 to Violeta Chamorro, the U.S.-backed candidate of the National Opposition Union, but won the presidency in 2006. A court decision allowed Ortega to run for re-election in 2011 despite a one-term limit. Then a constitutional amendment allowed unlimited presidential terms. M&R Consultants' national poll shows 69.8 percent planned to vote for Ortega and his leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front Party, compared with 8.1 percent for right-wing opposition candidate Maximino Rodriguez. Another 15.5 percent identified themselves as independents, or refused to answer the survey, M&R said. Many detractors have called for a boycott. "The elections are controlled by a single party," Julio Salazar, who says he plans not to cast a ballot, told the Los Angeles Times. "We are left with no options." Ortega has presided over a strong economy. "His government has maintained a healthy economy, with significant increase in direct foreign investment of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars per year," journalist and political analyst Adolfo Pastran said in the Inter-American Dialogue. "Ortega has said he will continue doing the same and better in order to maintain a healthy economy, reduce poverty, engage in dialogue with the private sector, and improve public safety and the lives of Nicaraguans."
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Serena Williams may know Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be voting for him. In fact, she doesn’t intend to vote at all in the November presidential election. “I don’t vote,” Williams told reporters who inquired about the presumptive Republican nominee after she advanced to the French Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina at the French Open. “It goes back to my religion.” Williams, who is a Jehovah’s Witness, said she is “not involved at all” in politics. It may come as little surprise that she chooses to sit out this election, but she and Trump do have places in the same community, Palm Beach, Fla. “Everyone in Palm Beach kind of knows each other,” Williams said. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Bible instructs them to remain politically neutral and that neutrality includes refraining from military service, seeking public office and pledging allegiance to a flag. “Although we do not take part in politics,” JW.org states, “we respect the authority of the governments under which we live.” Here’s how sports figures line up so far: Team Trump boasts Lou Holtz, Bob Knight, Hulk Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Mike Tyson, Brian France, Digger Phelps, Gene Keady, John Rocker, Dennis Rodman, Shawn Merriman, John Daly and Dana White. Team Hillary Clinton has Kato June, Jason Collins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michelle Kwan, Abby Wambach and Billie Jean King. Team Bernie Sanders has Ronda Rousey and Michael Bennett. Source: