Argentina’s ruling government receives defeat in primary elections

During the legislative primary elections, the Argentine government received a resounding defeat defeat in almost all the districts of the country, this is how the provisional scrutinies show it.

In these elections the candidates were called to elect for the legislative elections of November 14.

The lists of candidates for deputies presented by the ruling Frente de Todos were the most voted in seven of the 24 Argentine jurisdictions, and those of senators They were only the most voted in two of the eight provinces that this year have to elect representatives to the Upper House.

“Obviously we have not done something right so that people do not accompany us as we expected them to accompany us, and all of us who are here listen to the verdict of the people, with respect and a lot of attention,” said President Alberto Fernández when he appeared in the bunker in Buenos Aires, and promised to work to reverse the result in the November general elections.

These elections were especially important because they were held during the pandemic – for which rigid protocols were established in schools – and because they were the first with Fernández as president, which is why analysts considered them a kind of plebiscite for his management, marked by the pandemic and the continuity of a long recession that began in 2018, when Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) still ruled, whom he defeated in the presidential elections two years ago.

The surprise of the opposition

And it is precisely the opposition coalition to which Macri belongs, Together for Change, which has become the protagonist of the day, by making its lists the most voted in most jurisdictions.

In the province of Buenos Aires, which gathers 37% of the national register, the two lists of candidates for deputies presented by the opposition front, congregate 38.08 of the votes, with 93.92% of votes counted in the count provisional -the definitive one, in charge of the Justice, will begin next Tuesday-.

It is followed by the unique list of the official Front of All, headed by Victoria Tolosa Paz, with 33.57% of the votes, followed by other opposition proposals.

Regarding the districts that follow in importance and with the provisional ballots practically concluded, in the province of Córdoba the lists of the same opposition coalition also excel with 47.55% of votes for deputies and 47.80% for senators; in Santa Fe with 40.31% for the Lower House and 40.10% for the Upper House; and in the city of Buenos Aires 48.19% for deputies.

For these mandatory voting primaries, known as PASO, 34.3 million Argentines were called to vote, in whose hands it was left to define the lists that will compete in the November elections, when 127 of the 257 seats in the Chamber of Deputies will be renewed. -where now no group has an absolute majority- and 24 of the 72 of the Senate, dominated by the ruling party, although for the Upper House this time only representatives of eight provinces are elected.

The coalitions had the possibility of presenting several lists of candidates in each province, and the most voted list of each front that obtained at least 1.5% of all the votes cast in the primaries is enabled for the general elections in November.

These PASO were also crucial for the opposition, which is trying to order leadership after Macri’s defeat in 2019.

That is why while the official Frente de Todos – whose leaders are President Fernández; the vice president and former president (2007-2015), Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa- have presented a single list in most districts, as a symbol of unity, Together – mainly composed of the Republican Proposal, the Radical Civic Union and the Civic Coalition- chose to present various candidacies.

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