Juan Ignacio Schwerdt / [email protected]
The Sixth Electoral Section dyed itself, perhaps as never before, in the colors of Together. The front that has as majority partners the Pro, the UCR and the Civic Coalition swept the rest of the political forces in the primaries yesterday, without distinguishing between Peronists or neighbors, officialdom or opposition. It was a landslide, unprecedented victory. And not only in one electoral category, but in the three that were at stake yesterday.
In keeping with what happened in the rest of the province, Juntos won the victory in 21 of the 22 districts of the Sixth Electoral Section. In all cases, in triplicate: in the categories of pre-candidates for national deputies for Buenos Aires, that of provincial deputies and that of councilors and school counselors. If he did not do an absolute plenary session, it was because Monte Hermoso did not allow it, at this point an impregnable bastion of Buenos Aires Peronism; There, when not, all the candidates of the Frente de Todos won comfortably.
The Facundo Manes-Diego Santilli duel was resolved in the section with a resounding victory for the neuroscientist. With 98% of the polls scrutinized, the UCR Dar el Paso line rose with 106,542 votes, while the payroll led by the Pro leader remained with 88,169. In total, 194,711 votes, which represents 47.6% of the total.
Nothing less than 23 percentage points below was the list of the Frente de Todos led by Victoria Tolosa Paz. La Platense won 98,370 votes, 24.1% of the total.
The other of the duels that aroused attention was the one starring Lorenzo Natali and Fernando Compagnoni in the category of provincial deputy candidates. The announcer, host of the second morning of LU2 Radio Bahía Blanca for more than 40 years, gave the UCR an important victory by more than 14 thousand votes.
In total, he won 102,779 votes, against 88,837 for the president of the Deliberative Council of Bahía Blanca. Both won 191,616 votes for Together, which represented 52.3% of the votes cast in this category.
The Frente de Todos – which had the mayor of Monte Hermoso, Alejandro Dichiara, as the head of its single list – had to settle for second place. Although it garnered the not inconsiderable figure of 100,463 votes (27.4%), it was far from the winners.
National drag or punishment to local efforts?
In the municipalities of the Sixth Section, results were given yesterday that very few expected. Juntos’ victory was so massive that it is very likely that the debate on its causes will remain open for the next few weeks.
As indicated, the front that brings together the UCR, the Pro and the CC, among other parties, was left with the victory in 21 of the 22 communes. That is, he won in the 10 communes in which he governs, but also in 7 of the 8 that today have a Peronist mayor, as well as in the 4 whose communal heads belong to the neighborhood. The yellow tide washed everyone away.
Several of these results were surprising. In Guaminí, for example, the candidates for Juntos councilor obtained 63.9% of the votes, while the list that responds to Mayor José Nobre Ferreira (FdT) was left with 36.1%.
In Adolfo Gonzales Chaves the difference was almost 20 points: 48.2% of Juntos against 31.2% of the Frente de Todos led by Mayor Marcelo Santillán. In Daireaux, Mayor Alejandro Acerbo’s list obtained 45.8%; that of the opposition, 54.2%.
Among the neighbors, the one who had the worst time was Sergio Bordoni, from Tornquist. After leaving the Juntos Front in 2020, the communal chief of the highland district formed the local group Acción por Tornquist, which had its first electoral appearance on the eve. The debut could not have been worse: their list came third, with 18.9% of the vote, while Juntos took 50.9%.
In third place were also the neighborhood lists of Tres Arroyos, Salliqueló and Villarino. The first obtained 23.8% of the votes, against 37.8% of Juntos; the second rose with 18.4% of adhesions, against 45.8% of Juntos.
In the southern district, meanwhile, there was the peculiarity that the list of Acción por Villarino was the most voted individually (23.3% of the total votes). However, the three lists of Together collected 44% of the votes and, the two of the Front of All, 26.1%. The great doubt that persists, of course, is whether both forces will be able to retain those votes for the November general elections.
For the end there is the great question that flew over yesterday to all the mayors of the area, especially those who suffered a hard defeat in the small payment. Was the message from the ballot boxes addressed to the national government and was it so powerful that it ended up dragging all segments of the ballot, including those officialdom that do not belong to the Frente de Todos? Or, on the contrary, do local defeats express the discontent of the population towards those communal leaders who, like Alberto Fernández, have not been able to respond to the expectations generated in 2019?
“It is difficult to say, but most likely there is a bit of both,” reflected last night a veteran justicialist leader of the area.