Following the ruling party’s candidate Daniel Scioli’s absence at the presidential candidates’ debate, there is now speculation on a possible runoff:
The Argentinian ruling party’s candidate Daniel Scioli maintains a commanding lead in the presidential race but still lacks enough voter support to win outright in the first round, a poll by the Poliarquia consultancy showed on Sunday.
Apparently Macri is in second place,
His nearest rival Mauricio Macri, the center-right mayor of Buenos Aires city, trails with 26.2 percent, while Sergio Massa, who defected from the ruling party in 2013, has 20.1 percent ahead of the Oct. 25 ballot.
Since Scioli was absent at the debate, the remaining candidates were allotted an additional 30 seconds, which Massa kept in silence to highlight what he called Scioli’s mockery,
Macri promises swift reforms to open up markets in Latin America’s third biggest economy but many voters worry he would return Argentina to the neo-liberal policies of the 1990s that led to a devastating economic depression.
As opposed to existing chronic default and a collapsing currency.
Cristina’s worried about her legacy,
“The Kirchnerist wing will be left out [of government],” Mr. Arzadun said. But traditionally, “the political power in Argentina revolves around Peronism.”
Ms. Fernandez is enlisting allies in Congress, where her son and potential political heir, Maximo Kirchner, is running for a seat for the first time. Meanwhile, she can count on the Front for Victory’s ultraloyal grass-roots groups to help her maintain control of the Peronist movement — and come out on top in a potential power struggle with a Scioli-led government.
Jorge Lanata has been reporting on election fraud (which allegedly included buying votes with drugs. Here’s last Sunday’s program (in Spanish),