May 23, 2013
Argumedo, Pastore and Bonacci become the first casualties in the presidential race
Proyecto Sur’s presidential candidate Alcira Argumedo ended up in eighth place at a national level in Sunday’s primaries and wasn’t able to muster the 1.5 percent of votes needed to reach the October presidential elections.
Candidates Sergio Pastore and José Bonacci failed to reach the 1.5 percent of the total amount of votes as well and won’t make it to the presidential elections. Argumedo had 0.85 percent of votes, while Pastore had 0.32 percent of votes and rural sector leader Bonacci had 0.24 percent.
Earlier, Argumedo had said she had hopes of “passing the test” before casting her vote in a school in the City’s Palermo neighbourhood. Fernando “Pino” Solanas, leaderof Proyecto Sur, backed Argumed’s presidential bid.
However, as soon as the vote recount began, the mood in Proyecto Sur’s headquarters’ became somber. Argumedo didn’t speak to the press. Her running mate, Jorge Cardelli, said “we are very below our expectations,” shortly after polls closed at 6 pm.
Thus, October’s presidential candidates will be: Victory Front’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Social Development Union’ Ricardo Alfonsín, Popular Front’s Eduardo Duhalde, Progressive Front’s Hermes Binner, Federal Comittment’s Alberto Rodríguez Saá, Civic Coalition’s Elisa Carrió andLeftist Front’s Jorge Altamira.