At the edge of midnight and with more than 90% of the tables scrutinized, it can be said that the Frente de Todos suffered a severe setback at the polls in these elections Paso September 12. His candidates lost in 18 provinces, even in districts that are historically favorable to him, such as the provinces of Santa Cruz and Chaco.
The lists also fell in provinces such as Buenos Aires, Federal Capital, Chubut, Corrientes, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, Jujuy, La Pampa, Mendoza, Misiones, Neuquén, Río Negro, Salta, Santa Fe, San Luis and Tierra del Fuego.
For Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner, the PASO functioned as a plebiscite of the management. “Obviously we have not done something right so that people do not accompany us as we expected,” said the president., after 23.30 in his speech before the militancy. The president maintained a conciliatory tone and promised to reverse the result in November. “Starting tomorrow we are going to take charge of paying attention and solving the problem that people pose to us,” he added, and said that “there is a country to build.”
The provinces in which the Frente de Todos won: Catamarca, Formosa, La Rioja, San Juan and Tucumán. In others, such as San Luis and Santiago del Estero, forces related to the Frente de Todos gained.
If these numbers are repeated in the general elections of November, Cristina Kirchner would lose the quorum in the Senate (he would keep 35 seats, two less than the quorum) and the ruling party it would cease to be the first minority in Deputies.
The other side of the election is the great recovery of Juntos por el Cambio, which went from losing in 2019 to winning the elections in the province of Buenos Aires, CABA, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Entre Ríos and Mendoza, among other provinces. He even stayed with Santa Cruz, the district that Alicia Kirchner governs.
What is chosen in November
These STEP constitute the first electoral test for the political forces after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, in March 2020, and the first test on the first two years of President Alberto Fernández’s administration.
The Argentines elected the candidates who will represent them to renew in the legislative election of November 14 half of the Chamber of Deputies and a third of the Senate, a total of 24 of the 72 places.
Of the 257 seats in the lower house, 127 will be renewed, 48 percent of which belongs to JxC, which risks 60 seats, 41% to the FdT (51 seats) and the intermediate blocks, 15 places.