December 4, 2013
Massa: vote for me or risk third CFK term
Tigre leader revives strategy after polls indicate his lead in BA province is narrowing
The allegeldy narrowing poll gap between Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa and Victory Front (FpV) contender Martín Insaurralde has forced the Tigre mayor to revive an old strategy.
Massa said over the weekend that if he doesn’t win the midterms in Buenos Aires province by a wide margin, the ruling party will push for a constitutional amendment to allow President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to run for a third term in office.
Two weeks before the midterm elections, the former Cabinet chief brought up an issue that had largely fallen out of the spotlight recently, saying Kirchnerite allies might “insist with the re-reelection” of the head of state, an attempt he said had been “thwarted” following the opposition’s victory in the primaries.
His remarks were nothing short of innocent, as the latest poll published by the Poliarquía consultancy revealed Massa enjoyed a mildly comfortable 7.5-point lead over Insaurralde, higher than the 5.5-point difference of the primaries but lower than polls that had predicted a much easier victory for the Renewal Front after its victory in the primaries.
Massa went from the 36.7 percent of votes in August 11 to a record of 41.1 points, according to a survey released by Poliarquía on September 27.
The Tigre mayor has been reportedly falling in the polls ever since — first to 40.5 and then 39.8 points, according to the latest survey conducted by the same consultancy in 16 cities of the Buenos Aires province.
Meanwhile, Insaurralde (who received 31.1 percent of the votes in the primaries) received 32.3 percent of the support — meaning the spread between the candidates narrowed from 11 to 7.5 percentage points.
Scioli: I knew it
Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli said he believed that during the last few days the ruling FpV had been able “to communicate its message with greater depth” in order to narrow the gap between the Kirchnerite candidate and Massa before this month’s midterm elections.
Many of those who voted for Massa in the August 11 primaries did so “as a way of supporting the president, but in a different way” — a confusion in the electorate that “often helped by” the Tigre mayor, who failed to directly present himself as an opposition leader, according to Scioli.
“A percentage of the population didn’t quite know where the Kirchnerite vote was,” the governor told newspaper Perfil.
In that regard, Scioli said that after the primaries there was “a clearer scenario,” where voters in Buenos Aires province began to realize that “Massa was the opposition” to the national government.
Also yesterday, Insaurralde said he was rising in the polls “every day” noting that he hoped “to reverse the results of the PASO.”
“I see a different social climate,” Insaurralde said during the 64th anniversary of the San Francisco Solano neighbourhood in Southern Greater Buenos Aires. He was joined by Quilmes Kirchnerite Mayor Francisco “Barba” Gutiérrez.
War of proposals
Massa will present today a proposal of an extra half-year bonus paid twice a year to pensioners “with the surplus” in the ANSeS social security agency funds, the Renewal Front leader revealed over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Scioli said that Insaurralde will announce “a stronger bill to fight crime” related to gun control, an issue that has dominated the Kirchnerite agenda on security matters.
Herald staff with Télam, DyN