Name the winner of Honduras’ election: Martin Castro Edgardo?

While the Democratic Party votes Thursday in Honduras to choose their party nominee to take on Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a little-known newspaper editor has been headlining the coverage of his campaign.

On Wednesday, Lyssandra Castro Edgardo, who ran as an independent, won a near-landslide victory in the Honduran presidential elections. With a third of votes counted, she received 46.01 percent of the vote, compared to 24.42 percent for the center-right Liberal Party candidate, Salvador Nasralla.

Castro Edgardo is President Hernandez’s niece, and as such her victory was widely expected, as the ruling party sought to use the election to secure a second five-year term in office, despite having only won 33 percent of the vote in the 2014 election.

The ruling National Party’s candidate — he is Hernandez’s twin brother, Emiliano Hernandez — had only 23.15 percent of the vote, which doesn’t include the almost one million votes for independent candidates.

Nasralla, a former television presenter who leads the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, ran as an independent despite having received 50.6 percent of the vote in the 2015 legislative elections. The Partido Liberal Party’s Enrique Flores won 46.17 percent of the vote in the 2014 presidential elections, which were marred by political violence and police abuses.

Campaign analysts had been predicting a strong victory for Castro Edgardo for months, predicting that the ruling party would try to steal the election by claiming voting irregularities by both candidates.

The opposition parties have called for a recount, but said that the ruling party had offered to allow one without any of their own representatives or financial support from the government. That proposal was rejected by Castro Edgardo and Nasralla, who said they wanted a partial recount, without restrictions.

Nasralla told CNN en Español, “We have a social responsibility toward the Honduran people who voted for us … [the opposition] has a duty to take care of the people.”

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