December 7, 2013
Entre Ríos: Urribarri closer to FpV candidacy
Clear victory for list backed by governor, farm sector leader De Angeli gets Senate seat
There were few surprises in the province of Entre Ríos, where the Victory Front (FpV) ticket backed by Governor Sergio Urribarri won by a landslide in the provincial Senate race yesterday, taking more than 46 percent of the vote, an increase of at least three percentage points from the August 11 primaries.
For Urribarri, this broad victory represented more than just a simple mid-term election win: yesterday’s result got him one step closer to his dream of running as the FpV’s presidential candidate in 2015.
The FpV ticket was led by Senator Pedro Guastavino, who was looking for re-election, but Urribarri — who had said the election would be a referendum on his term — managed to get his name on the ballot by running as a surrogate candidate (it appeared to the right of Guastavino’s).
While the FpV’s ticket finished the race as the clear winner, farm leader Alfredo De Angeli — representing Alianza Unión por Entre Ríos and allied with Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri’s PRO at a national level — repeated his good performance at the primaries, taking more than 25 percent of the vote.
Led by Atilio Benedetti, the Radical Party’s list finished third, chosen by close to 20 percent of the province’s electorate, made up of close to one million voters.
As for the race for the Lower House, Eduardo Lauritto — representing the FpV — was the clear winner, taking more than 47 percent of the vote and three seats. Second and third place rivals Unión por Entre Ríos’ Cristina Cremer and Radical Party’s Jorge D’Agostino trailed by over 20 points — taking 25 and 20 percpent of the vote, respectively, and winning one seat each.
During the campaign leading up to the primaries, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner gave Urribarri her full support, frequently flying to Entre Ríos often and making public appearances next to the governor.
Fernández de Kirchner’s health issues naturally prevented her from being as visible during the last stretch of the campaign, but Urribarri didn’t miss the chance yesterday to remind voters how close he is to the president.
While casting his vote, the Entre Ríos governor said that, “Knowing that the president is recuperating well” added to the joy of “celebrating democracy” at the ballot-box.
It remains unclear whether yesterday’s result was strong enough for Urribarri to be chosen by Fernández de Kirchner to represent her party in 2015, but it was definitely a step in the right direction for the governor, who is already serving his second term-in-office. The province’s Constitution bans him from running for a third time.
This vote “will not define anything,” Urribarri insisted yesterday. “Nobody will be president by divine intervention, each one of us will have to show what he has done to change reality,” he added, before running off to share an asado with his family. Three Senate seats and three Lower House seats were up for grabs in Entre Ríos yesterday.