Michelle Bachelet was the top vote-getter in Sunday's presidential election in Chile, though she did not win enough votes to avoid a runoff with second place finisher, Evelyn Matthei, on Dec. 15. Were there any big surprises in Sunday's vote? Will Bachelet cruise to a victory next month or face a harder than expected challenge? How will the failure of Bachelet's New Majority coalition to win super-majorities in Congress affect her ability to govern if she wins next month's runoff?

Peter Hakim, member of the Advisor board and president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue: Unlike most elections where the central question...

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