In the primary elections for the upcoming general elections, the presidential candidates were chosen for the Frente Amplio (Broad Front), Partido Colorado (Colorado Party) and Partido Nacional (National Party). For the leftist Broad Front coalition, the landslide winner, as was expected, was Tabaré Vázquez, who was the president of Uruguay between 2005 and 2010, with 82%.
The winner for the Colorado Party was Pedro Bordaberry, son of former Uruguayan dictator Juan María Bordaberry. He took 66.4% of the votes, against two competitors.
The results for the National Party were somewhat of a surprise, as Luis Lacalle Pou, son of former president Luis Alberto Lacalle (1990-1995), was chosen with 55.4% of votes against the favourite, Jorge Larrañaga, who received 44.2%.
The three candidates will run in the presidential elections on 26 October. If none of them receives more than 50% of the votes cast, the winner will be chosen from between the two candidates with the highest number of votes in a run-off on 30 November.