December 10, 2013
Peralta’s candidate loses in Santa Cruz
Huge win for Das Neves in Chubut where FpV loses two seats; Pichetto is victorious
On the three-year anniversary of the death of former president Néstor Kirchner, the ruling Victory Front (FpV) lost in its home province, in a defeat that was widely expected but that likely still stung, with Santa Cruz a traditional bastion for Kirchnerites. Of the three deputies seats up for grabs the Kircherites won just one, replicating their performance in the primaries.
The Radical Civil Union (UCR) party managed to repeat its historic result in August’s primaries elections with around 40 percent of the vote. This allowed Eduardo Costa to gain re-election in the Lower House and also resulted in a seat for fellow party member Susana Toledo.
The fight for the remaining of the three seats was an all Peronist affair. The FpV ticket headed by La Cámpora legislator Mauricio Gómez Bull achieved its aim of maintaining this seat and repeating its close-run victory in the primaries, defeating Governor Daniel Peralta’s candidate Nieves “Kuki” Beroiza by a bigger margin. Peralta has been involved in a dispute with the government since 2011 and was most almost confined to fourth place by the Worker’s Party.
In Chubut, Victory Front lost two seats in the Lower House. Ex governor and one-time Kirchernite Mario Das Neves won both of them with his Partido Acción Chubutense (PAC) candidates. It was a landslide victory for Das Neves, who claimed around half of the votes. Agriculture Minister and Victory Front candidate Norberto Yahuar came in a long second, with a poorer performance than in the primaries, and was therefore unable to gain access to the Lower House. Thanks to Das Neves’ strong win, Nelly Lagoria will now become a national lawmaker for PAC.
As was widely expected, the Neuquén Popular Movement (MPN) led by dissident CGT Labour Confederation leader Guillermo Pereyra, won big in Neuquén, claiming two Senate seats.
But the FpV also managed to surprise, as Senator Marcelo Fuentes had reasons to celebrate as he was reelected for another four years, announcing that his party had doubled the amount of votes it had gained in the primaries.
The Lower House seats were divided the same way, with the MPN winning two seats and the FpV gaining one.
A jubilant Pereyra declared himself winner well before the official results were announced and confirmed that dissident CGT union leader Moyano had joined him in celebrating the victory.
Tierra del Fuego
In the southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego three senators and two deputies (one for FpV and the other for Movimiento Solidario Popular) were elected.
Kirchernites Rosana Bertone and Julio Catalán Magni gained the first two places for the Senate. The third seat in the Upper House went to Jorge Garramuño for Movimiento Popular Fueguino (MPF) who beat now ex-senator Jorge Colazo of the Popular Party for third place.
There was jubilance for the Victory Front in the province of Río Negro, where it won two of the three Senate seats at stake and two deputy seats. The Kirchnerite party won by a large margin with its Senate list, headed by Miguel Pichetto, and the Lower House list, headed by María Emilia Soria. Current Senator Pichetto has renewed his seat for a further four years. Alianza Frente Progresista came in second place in the Senate with a quarter of the vote, while Magdalena gained a seat in Upper House.
Herald Staff with Télam
Despite the electoral curfew that forbids the broadcast of any campaign ads since Friday morning, the presidency ran an official advertisement commemorating late former president Néstor Kirchner on the three-year anniversary of his death. The ad depicts Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s husband and predecessor giving his inauguration speech in 2003. “I’m here to propose a dream,” he says in the ad — words that are put to music and repeated on screen by famous artists and regular people across the country, who also recite other parts of the now-famous speech. The ad was unveiled earlier this month and was broadcast several times yesterday on both broadcast and cable-television channel, leading to many questions on social media about whether the move broke the electoral curfew.