Argentine President Alberto Fernandez’s ruling Frente de Todos coalition suffered a significant defeat on Sunday as they lost the midterm primaries to the opposition alliance in most districts of the state on Sunday.
The primaries are usually understood to produce a powerful indication of how citizens will vote before the midterm election in November.
Voting occurred on Sunday because the country faces a spiraling economy with high inflation and is within the midst of the worldwide pandemic.
Juntos por el Cambio won the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and therefore the Province of Buenos Aires, usually considered the bottom of support for the Peronist party.
The center-right opposition coalition Juntos por el Cambio gained their highest win since their formation in 2015 – achieving 41% of the note nationwide vote, because the current government notched up 30% of the vote.
There were key victories for the opposition within the areas like Cordoba, Santa Fe, and Mendoza and also in Peronist heartlands such Entre Rios, Chaco and La Pampa.
Overall 15 districts fell to the opposition Juntos por el Cambio and seven to Frente de Todos and two for provincial parties without nationwide representation.
The result could impact the government’s senate majority in November’s elections.
The turnout was around 70% on Sunday, consistent with preliminary data.
“Nothing is more important than taking note of the people; Today they told us that we made mistakes and that we are getting to meet that request”, said President Alberto Fernández after the results.
Fernandez added that they’re going to still exerting “to satisfy the requirements that we’ve not satisfied”.
Due to the impact of the virus, strict COVID-19 protocols were in situ throughout the day.
Voting began at 8 am simultaneously in Argentina although broadcaster TN reported delays at some voting centers which opened later than the scheduled time.
Voting closed at 6 pm across the country, but in Buenos Aires thanks to delays associated with COVID-19 protocols, a federal judge extended the voting time for people who have arrived to cast their ballot before the 6 pm stop time.
Sunday’s results will likely determine who could run congress in Nov. 14 polls.