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PASO Results: Who Will Compete for Argentina's Presidency?

August 14, 2019

Argentines cast their ballots on Sunday in the national primary, known as the PASO. Presidential tickets needed at least 1.5 percent of the vote to make it to the first round on October 27. At that point, 45 percent is needed for an outright win, or 40 percent with a 10-point lead. Should neither occur, a runoff takes place November 24.



Which candidates make it to the first round?

With 47.7 percent of the vote, Alberto Fernández and his running mate Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Everyone’s Front coalition came out more than 15 points ahead of President Mauricio Macri and Miguel Ángel Pichetto of the Together for Change coalition. The latest polls prior to the PASO underestimated the difference, suggesting instead a single-digit win for Fernández. Voter turnout hit 75 percent, similar to during the 2015 PASO election. As the chart below indicates, four tickets fell short of reaching the 1.5 percent minimum needed to proceed to the first round.

 

Which provinces held elections and what are the results?

Three provinces also held gubernatorial primaries at the local level. In Buenos Aires province, Axel Kiciloff of Everyone’s Front came in ahead of current Governor María Eugenia Vidal of Together for Change, receiving 49.3 percent and 32.6 percent respectively. Meanwhile, in the City of Buenos Aires, current Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta of Together for Change received 46.5 percent, ahead of his Everyone’s Front opponent Matías Lammens at 32.0 percent. In the northwestern province of Catamarca, Everyone’s Front Raúl Jalil earned 59.2 percent, compared to 25.7 percent for Together for Change’s Roberto Gómez 25.7 percent. 

A gubernatorial election took place in the southern province of Santa Cruz. Everyone’s Front’s Alicia Kirchner won reelection with over 58.6 percent of the vote, beating Eduardo Costa representing Together for Change with 32.1 percent.