Argentina’s presidential primaries delivered a plot twist. In the August 11 elections, known as the PASO, Alberto Fernández—along with his vice-presidential partner and ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner—garnered 47.7 percent of the vote, 15 points over incumbent Mauricio Macri and his running mate, Miguel Ángel Pichetto. Why the surprise? Polls had projected around a seven-point lead for the Fernández ticket.
Next comes the general election on October 27. A presidential candidate wins outright in that first round by getting 45 percent of the vote or 40 percent with a 10-point lead over the nearest competitor. If not, a runoff takes place November 24.
Voters are mainly concerned about the economy, and it is what may be the deciding factor for many on the fence on election day.
AS/COA Online looks at how major pollsters are viewing the competition.
This article was originally published September 18 and has been subsequently updated as new polls become available.
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