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A Guide to 2019 Latin American Elections: Argentina



More than 26 million voters participated in Argentina’s October 27 elections, which saw the election of president and vice president, and nearly half of congressional seats (130 deputies and 24 senators). President Mauricio Macri ran for a second term, but Argentines handed Peronist Alberto Fernández a first-round victory. He takes office with Vice President—and also a former president—Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on December 10.

To win in the first round, a candidate needs at least 45 percent of the vote or 40 percent and a 10-point margin over his or her top rival. By earning more than 48 percent, Fernández comfortably sailed to victory, although the nearly 8-point margin between him and Macri was lower than the 15-point difference in August primaries.

Fernández will have an absolute majority in the Senate and his vice president will preside over it. Also, in the lower chamber, the next president's Everyone’s Front coalition will hold a slight majority.

Axel Kiciloff, a minister in Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration, won the influential Buenos Aires province governorship. The Together for Change coalition, meanwhile, held on to the mayorship of Buenos Aires, with incumbent Horacio Rodriguez Larretta winning by a landslide.

>> Find out about other elections in our main 2019 Election Guide.

Alberto Fernández

LatAm in Focus: Argentina's 2019 Election Brings in a New President

October 30, 2019

Alberto Fernández defeated President Mauricio Macri in the first round. Juan Cruz Díaz, Cefeidas Group managing director and AS/COA special advisor, lays out the country’s political panorama. 

Macri and Fernández

The First Round: Argentina's 2019 Presidential Election

October 24, 2019

The October 27 election is coming down to two presidential tickets, and Alberto Fernández is polling ahead of President Mauricio Macri. 

Argentina Poll Tracker

Poll Tracker: Argentina's 2019 Presidential Elections

October 20, 2019

Six tickets will compete in the October 27 first round, but the race comes down to Alberto Fernández versus President Mauricio Macri. 

What Macri’s Exit Would Mean for Latin America’s “Moderate Right”

October 07, 2019

Argentina’s president was arguably the greatest hope of liberal technocrats in the region.

A Path to Ending Argentina’s Market Meltdown

August 19, 2019

Brazil’s 2002 crisis illuminates a way to calm investors, writes a longtime emerging markets economist.

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

August 14, 2019

Six tickets made it past the primary to vie for the presidency. The first round takes place October 27.

Poll Update: Argentina's 2019 Presidential Primary

August 08, 2019

Nine candidates are competing in the August 11 primary, known as the PASO, but pollsters put rivals Alberto Fernández and Mauricio Macri well ahead of the others.

Three Reasons Argentina’s Primary Matters

July 29, 2019

Argentina’s presidential candidates are already set. But the upcoming PASO could still have a big impact on the race.

Argentina Presidential Candidates

Explainer: Presidential Tickets in Argentina's 2019 Election

July 09, 2019

How is President Macri polling? And with whom is ex-President Fernández de Kirchner sharing the electoral ticket? AS/COA Online takes a look.


Alberto Fernández’s Balancing Act in Argentina

July 09, 2019

Is the presidential hopeful distancing himself from his running mate?

Argentina gubernatorial elections Map

Mapping Argentina's 2019 Gubernatorial Elections

November 12, 2019

So far, 15 provinces have held elections. While the peronistas saw one seat flip to another party, they increased victory margins in several others. 

Meet the Candidates: Argentina

April 11, 2019

Macri and Kirchner are garnering the most attention ahead of Argentina's October vote. But there's room for a dark horse.

Is Pension Reform on the Ballot in Argentina's Election?

March 28, 2019

Public dissent and legal challenges have slowed implementation of President Mauricio Macri’s 2017 reform.

Argentina's 2019 Electoral Calendar

Argentina's 2019 Electoral Calendar

March 14, 2019

From gubernatorial PASOs to the first-ever mandatory presidential debates, AS/COA Online outlines key dates ahead of October 27 general elections.

Video: Argentina's Challenges and Opportunities Facing 2019

February 11, 2019

An expert panel in New York agreed the country's economic prospects look to improve in 2019 over the previous year and will be a key factor in October's presidential election.

AQ INTERVIEW: Urtubey: “Argentina's Problem Didn’t Start With Macri or Cristina”

February 04, 2019

Argentina’s dark-horse presidential candidate speaks to AQ about his vision for uniting the country.

Voters in Panama on Election Day. (AP)

2019 Latin American Elections: A Preview

January 09, 2019

AS/COA Online takes a look at upcoming presidential races in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay.

The Curious Case of Alfredo Olmedo, the “Argentine Bolsonaro”

January 14, 2019

Another controversial maverick hits the campaign trail in Latin America.

Could This Argentine TV Host Be Latin America’s Next ‘Outsider’ President?

November 10, 2018

A year out from Argentina's election, a familiar face is testing political waters.

“Moderate” Peronists See Chance to Beat Macri in 2019

October 02, 2018

Argentina’s president is struggling with an economic crisis. His predecessor is implicated in a huge corruption case. Is there room for another challenger?

Video #CouncilARG 2018: Gobernadores argentinos Urtubey y Cornejo en la conferencia del Council

August 30, 2018

Los gobernadores de Salta y Mendoza hablaron de la importancia de la transparencia en la política y en los mercados para la mejoría de la economía argentina.

Resumen de #CouncilARG 2018: Perspectivas económicas y políticas en Argentina

September 04, 2018

Cinco miembros del gabinete, dos gobernadores, un alcalde, líderes del sector privado y otros se reunieron durante la decimoquinta conferencia anual de AS/COA en Buenos Aires.