QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — First official results in Ecuador's presidential election show incumbent Rafael Correa leading with 56.6 percent of the vote against 24 percent for his closest challenger.
The results, with 30.5 percent of the vote counted, would mean that Correa has coasted to a third term.
None of the other six candidates had more than 6 percent.
Correa is a dynamic but polemical leftist economist who first took office in 2007.
He has spent heavily on the poor but drawn broad criticism as intolerant of dissent.
He confidently celebrated victory even before the first official results were announced.