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Municipal votes test Chile’s parties

SANTIAGO — Millions of Chileans voted Sunday for the first time in their lives in nationwide municipal elections that could set the stage for next year’s presidential race.

The results will be a sign of where the heart of the electorate lies just weeks before the campaign for Chile’s presidency formally begins. Any would-be candidates have to give up their political posts a year before the Nov. 17, 2013, vote.

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