Ruling party candidate drops out in Costa Rica

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Ruling party candidate drops out in Costa RicaFILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Costa Rica's ruling party presidential candidate Johnny Araya talks with a supporter during a campaign rally at El Borbon market in San Jose, Costa Rica. The National Liberation Party presidential candidate announced Wednesday, March 5, 2014, that he is dropping out of a runoff election and will stop campaigning because opinion polls show his contender has an overwhelming lead and says he doesn't want to spend any more money on his campaign. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)(Credit: AP)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica’s ruling party presidential candidate says he is dropping out of a runoff election and will stop campaigning because opinion polls show overwhelming support for his contender.

Johnny Araya made the announcement Wednesday after a poll published by the University of Costa Rica showed opposition candidate Luis Solis leading 64 percent to 21 percent ahead of the April 6 runoff election.

Araya says he doesn’t want to spend any more money on his campaign.

The vote will still be held and Araya will appear on the ballot because the country’s constitution doesn’t allow for candidates to drop out.

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