[11:40 PM] There it is. The man of the hour. Many expected today’s election to be a referendum on the Macri administration and if there was a way for the Cambiemos coalition to solidify its power in Argentina, this was it. With Cristina Kirchner’s chances to return to power extremely unlikely now, now Macri will be powerful enough to show who he really is.

Speaking from the Cambiemos campaign headquarters in Palermo, in the City of Buenos Aires, President Mauricio Macri came on stage looking ecstatic after his party not only managed to not only win in fifteen electoral districts in Argentina, but also claimed victory in “the big five” districts in the country: Buenos Aires City, the Buenos Aires province, Santa Fe, Córdoba and Mendoza, a feat that no other political party had achieved since 1985 when Raúl Alfonsín was President.

Macri took the microphone and addressed his supporters, saying his commitment to change in Argentina was “serious” and that even though they all knew it’s a long road ahead they will still all walk that road together.

“You know why? Because we aspire to a better life, to having projects and dreams and make them happen,” he said.

“This is only the beginning. We’ve only just began transforming our beloved Argentina. Today certainty was the big winner. The certainty that we can change history forever,” he then said as he made an appeal to those who didn’t vote for Cambiemos.

“When I say ‘we all’, I’m not just talking about those who voted for us. We will always listen to everyone, respect their differences, their proposals… because that’s what a democracy is. We have no other agenda than working so all Argentines can have a better life,” he said.

While addressing some of his administrations challenges, he said his Cabinet has taken some “brave steps” when confronting mafias, drug trafficking and corruption because “we know that if we live with that then there’s no future for the Argentine people… and we’re better than that.”

Before closing, he referred to what’s to come now that the midterms are over.

“We waste too much time with confrontation. Today dialogue is the winner… it’s growing and reaching areas of the country that it hadn’t reached before. This is bringing light, truth, relief. So now I want to say to you that the hardest part is over y we’re growing… with transparency, equality and employment. We are growing. And next year we will grow more… and even more the next one…”

“We are the generation that is changing history and it doesn’t matter how old we are. Id doesn’t matter if you’re 90, 58 or 25 like me,” he joked. “We are the ones who dare to say ‘stop saying you can’t do this, stop saying we’re doomed.’ In a world of accelerated change, we Argentines have a lot to contribute.”


[11:23 PM] Well, it’s official. Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has lost in the largest electoral district in Argentina. A district that, by the way, has been historically Peronist. So instead of doing some soul searching and taking the humble road, she decided to react with more confrontation, hyperbole and an overreaction to the Cambiemos movement. A movement that many in her camp insist is one step away from a dictatorship even though the population at large collectively rolls their eyes every time the comparison is inevitably brought up.

So anyway, once she admitted defeat, she assured that her party, Unidad Ciudadana, is now the number one opposition party in Argentina and the platform on which the political opposition will build an alternative to this administration. “Unidad Ciudadana is here to stay …This is only the beginning,” she said, as supporters applauded in front of her.


[11:25 PM] Buenos Aires province governor Maria Eugenia Vidal also took the stage to celebrate the Cambiemos victory after Esteban Bullrich’s stage. After thanking all those in President Macri’s coalition who made the victory possible,  she said they were ready to “continue making history in the Buenos Aires province tonight.”

“This election wasn’t won by the President, by the governor, by the candidates or the mayors. This was won by the people of Buenos Aires.”

She concluded by saying that “tomorrow, we will wake up early like you, as always. We’ll be at the school, in a hospital, ringing the bell. We will be working to complete the public works that need to be finished. We will keep working in the emergency rooms in public hospitals. We will keep fighting the hard fights, against drug traffickers and mafias.”

Updated results:

BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 97.14%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.813.205 VOTES (42,14%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
3.283.748 VOTES (36,29%)
1PAIS
999.848 VOTES (11,05%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
484.108 VOTES (5,35%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
468.710 VOTES (5,18%)
NATIONAL SENATORS RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.820.998 VOTES (41,35%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
3.442.769 VOTES (37,26%)
1PAIS
1.048.190 VOTES (11,34%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
488.606 VOTES (5,29%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
439.545 VOTES (4,76%)
CITY OF BUENOS AIRES

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 99.73%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

VAMOS JUNTOS
974.886 VOTES (50,93%)
UNIDAD PORTEÑA
416.225 VOTES (21,74%)
EVOLUCION
236.008 VOTES (12,33%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
111.160 VOTES (5,81%)
AVANCEMOS HACIA 1PAIS MEJOR
93.438 VOTES (4,88%)
AUTODETERMINACION Y LIBERTAD
82.511 VOTES (4,31%)


[11:14 PM] A few minutes before 11 PM, the now Senators and Deputies for the Buenos Aires Province, as well as Governor María Eugenia Vidal, took the stage.

The big winners of the night, they were met with a thunderous applause by the crowd. Esteban Bullrich was the first one to address the euphoric crowd, and began by thanking everyone who made the victory possible, but especially Buenos Aires province governor Maria Eugenia Vidal. And rightfully so, considering she basically used her popularity and charisma and pretty much did his campaign for him. “Today we took a step towards strengthening our democracy, but also confirmed the change that you all began in 2015,” Bullrich said. He went on to send a unifying message, saying that “it doesn’t matter where the person who is right next to us comes from, but where they want to go. “What unites is is much stronger than what it divides us,” and even though “sometimes we have different ways of reaching our goals, that diversity makes us stronger. We will continue debating about the best way to get there,” he added.


[11:00 PM] Senatorial candidate for the Buenos Aires province Esteban Bullrich (Cambiemos) takes the stage to claim victory over Cristina Kirchner.

Preliminary results:

BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 95.10%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.738.007 VOTES (42,18%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
3.210.031 VOTES (36,23%)
1PAIS
979.413 VOTES (11,05%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
474.379 VOTES (5,35%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
459.442 VOTES (5,18%)

NATIONAL SENATORS RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.720.834 VOTES (41,39%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
3.345.437 VOTES (37,21%)
1PAIS
1.019.519 VOTES (11,34%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
475.235 VOTES (5,29%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
428.478 VOTES (4,77%)

CITY OF BUENOS AIRES

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 99.73%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

VAMOS JUNTOS
974.886 VOTES (50,93%)
UNIDAD PORTEÑA
416.225 VOTES (21,74%)
EVOLUCION
236.008 VOTES (12,33%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
111.160 VOTES (5,81%)
AVANCEMOS HACIA 1PAIS MEJOR
93.438 VOTES (4,88%)
AUTODETERMINACION Y LIBERTAD
82.511 VOTES (4,31%) (edited)

CÓRDOBA

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 97,69%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:

CAMBIEMOS
971.096 VOTES (48,39%)
UNION POR CORDOBA
613.162 VOTES (30,56%)
FRENTE CORDOBA CIUDADANA
194.442 VOTES (9,69%)
ENCUENTRO VECINAL CORDOBA
71.631 VOTES (3,57%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
66.457 VOTES (3,31%)
PRIMERO LA GENTE
50.015 VOTES (2,49%)
IZQUIERDA AL FRENTE POR EL SOCIALISMO
39.942 VOTES (1,99%)
MENDOZA
TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 99,49%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:

CAMBIEMOS
486.822 VOTES (45,67%)
SOMOS MENDOZA
270.641 VOTES (25,39%)
INTRANSIGENTE
183.490 VOTES (17,21%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
124.949 VOTES (11,72%)
SANTA FE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 88,13%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:
CAMBIEMOS
663.300 VOTES (38,33%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
439.667 VOTES (25,41%)
FRENTE PROGRESISTA CIVICO Y SOCIAL
245.883 VOTES (14,21%)
1 PROYECTO SANTAFESINO
78.692 VOTES (4,55%)
UNITE POR LA LIBERTAD Y LA DIGNIDAD
67.896 VOTES (3,92%)
CIUDAD FUTURA
65.455 VOTES (3,78%)
POPULAR
55.074 VOTES (3,18%)
FRENTE SOCIAL Y POPULAR
47.712 VOTES (2,76%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
38.083 VOTES (2,20%)
ESPACIO GRANDE
28.737 VOTES (1,66%)


[10:45 PM] Updated results for key electoral districts as we expect Esteban Bullrich and President Macri to appear on stage for a victory speech.

BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 87.98%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.493.575 VOTES: (42,59%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
2.936.275 VOTES: (35,80%)
1PAIS
907.744 VOTES: (11,07%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
440.382 VOTES: (5,37%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
424.083 VOTES: (5,17%)
NATIONAL SENATORS RESULTS
CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.477.387 VOTES: (41,81%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
3.060.043 VOTES: (36,79%)
1PAIS
944.587 VOTES: (11,36%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
438.390 VOTES: (5,27%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
397.601 VOTES: (4,78%)
CITY OF BUENOS AIRES

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 99.73%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

VAMOS JUNTOS
974.886 VOTES: (50,93%)
UNIDAD PORTEÑA
416.225 VOTES: (21,74%)
EVOLUCION
236.008 VOTES: (12,33%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
111.160 VOTES: (5,81%)
AVANCEMOS HACIA 1PAIS MEJOR
93.438 VOTES: (4,88%)
AUTODETERMINACION Y LIBERTAD
82.511 VOTES: (4,31%)

CÓRDOBA
TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 96,68%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:

CAMBIEMOS
962.474 VOTES (48,43%)
UNION POR CORDOBA
605.487 VOTES (30,47%)
FRENTE CORDOBA CIUDADANA
192.601 VOTES (9,69%)
ENCUENTRO VECINAL CORDOBA
71.317 VOTES (3,59%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
66.110 VOTES (3,33%)
PRIMERO LA GENTE
49.764 VOTES (2,50%)
IZQUIERDA AL FRENTE POR EL SOCIALISMO
39.647 VOTES (1,99%)
MENDOZA
TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 97,67%
NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:
CAMBIEMOS
480.886 VOTES (45,96%)
SOMOS MENDOZA
262.619 VOTES (25,10%)
INTRANSIGENTE
181.106 VOTES (17,31%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
121.726 VOTES (11,63%)
SANTA FE
TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 81,16%
NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:
CAMBIEMOS
607.093 VOTES (38,12%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
403.384 VOTES (25,33%)
FRENTE PROGRESISTA CIVICO Y SOCIAL
226.476 VOTES (14,22%)
1 PROYECTO SANTAFESINO
73.537 VOTES (4,62%)
UNITE POR LA LIBERTAD Y LA DIGNIDAD
64.164 VOTES (4,03%)
CIUDAD FUTURA
60.226 VOTES (3,78%)
POPULAR
50.570 VOTES (3,18%)
FRENTE SOCIAL Y POPULAR
45.144 VOTES (2,83%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
35.292 VOTES (2,22%)
ESPACIO GRANDE
26.595 VOTES (1,67%)


[10:28 PM] Here are some updated results. No major changes.

BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 82.34%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS
CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.286.225 VOTES: (42,78%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
2.734.793 VOTES: (35,60%)
1PAIS
851.859 VOTES: (11,09%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
412.551 VOTES: (5,37%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
395.626 VOTES: (5,15%)
NATIONAL SENATORS RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
3.271.331 VOTES: (42,00%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
2.849.091 VOTES: (36,58%)
1PAIS
885.934 VOTES: (11,38%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
409.060 VOTES: (5,25%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
372.550 VOTES: (4,78%)
CITY OF BUENOS AIRES

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 99.58%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

VAMOS JUNTOS
973.588 VOTES: (50,93%)
UNIDAD PORTEÑA
415.609 VOTES: (21,74%)
EVOLUCION
235.679 VOTES: (12,33%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
110.996 VOTES: (5,81%)
AVANCEMOS HACIA 1PAIS MEJOR
93.304 VOTES: (4,88%)
AUTODETERMINACION Y LIBERTAD
82.387 VOTES: (4,31%)


[9:45 PM] President Mauricio Macri and the Cambiemos coalition seem to be getting ready to celebrate tonight as their party seems poised to a landslide victory in Argentina.

We thought there wouldn’t be any major surprises tonight. We were wrong. Not only Bullrich seems to be defeating Cristina Kirchner for a wide margin in the Buenos Aires province with almost 70 percent of the votes tallied, but the Cambiemos coalition has won in a landslide and come out on top in fifteen electoral districts in Argentina.

Oh, you want a list? Here you go:

  1. Buenos Aires City
  2. Buenos Aires province
  3. Córdoba
  4. Corrientes
  5. Chaco
  6. Chubut
  7. Entre Ríos
  8. Jujuy
  9. La Pampa
  10. La Rioja
  11. Mendoza
  12. Neuquén
  13. Salta
  14. Santa Cruz
  15. Santa Fe

Yup. President Mauricio Macri’s party is projected to win in all of them tonight. True, Cambiemos is projected to lose in Catamarca, Formosa, Misiones, Río Negro, San Juan, San Luis, Santiago del Estero, Tucumán and Tierra del Fuego, but at the same time this is the first time that a political party wins the so-called “big five” (the five most important electoral districts in the country): Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires province, Santa Fe, Mendoza and Córdoba.

BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 58.89%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
2.190.238 VOTES: (43,41%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
1.765.932 VOTES: (35,00%)
1PAIS
558.968 VOTES: (11,08%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
268.817 VOTES: (5,33%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
262.072 VOTES: (5,19%)
NATIONAL SENATORS RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
2.180.403 VOTES: (42,64%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
1.838.881 VOTES: (35,96%)
1PAIS
581.205 VOTES: (11,37%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
269.772 VOTES: (5,28%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
243.120 VOTES: (4,75%)

BUENOS AIRES CITY

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 97.93

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

VAMOS JUNTOS
958.539 VOTES: (50,96%)
UNIDAD PORTEÑA
408.684 VOTES: (21,73%)
EVOLUCION
231.943 VOTES: (12,33%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
109.136 VOTES: (5,80%)
AVANCEMOS HACIA 1PAIS MEJOR
91.755 VOTES: (4,88%)
AUTODETERMINACION Y LIBERTAD
81.056 VOTES: (4,31%)

SANTA FE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 49,64%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:

CAMBIEMOS
385.565 VOTES (39,68%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
238.295 VOTES (24,52%)
FRENTE PROGRESISTA CIVICO Y SOCIAL
139.255 VOTES (14,33%)
1 PROYECTO SANTAFESINO
42.768 VOTES (4,40%)
UNITE POR LA LIBERTAD Y LA DIGNIDAD
36.817 VOTES (3,79%)
CIUDAD FUTURA
33.728 VOTES (3,47%)

CÓRDOBA

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 91,87%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:
CAMBIEMOS
914.869 VOTES (48,42%)
UNION POR CORDOBA
573.912 VOTES (30,37%)
FRENTE CORDOBA CIUDADANA
183.509 VOTES (9,71%)
ENCUENTRO VECINAL CORDOBA
68.486 VOTES (3,62%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
63.396 VOTES (3,35%)
PRIMERO LA GENTE
47.553 VOTES (2,52%)
IZQUIERDA AL FRENTE POR EL SOCIALISMO
37.898 VOTES (2,01%)

City of Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta took the stage at the Cambiemos headquarters in Palermo. Same as Michetti before him, he praised President Mauricio Macri’s administration: “With his leadership we are taking a step in the right direction every day. All Argentines know we are going down the right path: a path of growth, in which Argentines have recovered their ability to dream.” Larreta went on to thank voters for handing them another win in Buenos Aires City, Cambiemos’ first stronghold in the country. “Regardless of who you support, we know there’s a lot to do. We can always improve ourselves, do something else,” he added. Larreta highlighted his administration’s achievements and listed future challenges, such as improving security, urbanizing the villas – or shantytowns –  and developing the southern half of the city, historically poorer and more vulnerable than its northern counterpart. “We’ve got a great opportunity to prove what we can do when we work together with the Youth Olympic games we will host next year,” he argued.


[9:25 PM] Well, these results so far are pretty surprising. With 40 percent of the votes tallied in the Buenos Aires province, Esteban Bullrich is defeating Cristina Kirchner for seven points. Here are the preliminary results for the big five districts in the country.

BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 45.17%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
1.314.576 (43,69%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
1.049.979 (34,89%)
1PAIS
331.975 (11,03%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
156.525 (5,20%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
155.969 (5,18%)

NATIONAL SENATORS RESULTS

CAMBIEMOS BUENOS AIRES
1.447.659 (42,89%)
UNIDAD CIUDADANA
1.209.822 (35,85%)
1PAIS
382.922 (11,35%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
177.409 (5,26%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
157.089 (4,65%)

CÓRDOBA

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 91,87%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:
CAMBIEMOS
914.869 VOTES (48,42%)
UNION POR CORDOBA
573.912 VOTES (30,37%)
FRENTE CORDOBA CIUDADANA
183.509 VOTES (9,71%)
ENCUENTRO VECINAL CORDOBA
68.486 VOTES (3,62%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
63.396 VOTES (3,35%)
PRIMERO LA GENTE
47.553 VOTES (2,52%)
IZQUIERDA AL FRENTE POR EL SOCIALISMO
37.898 VOTES (2,01%)
MENDOZA

TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 93,20%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:
CAMBIEMOS
459.904 VOTES (46,07%)
SOMOS MENDOZA
250.337 VOTES (25,08%)
INTRANSIGENTE
172.253 VOTES (17,25%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
115.817 VOTES (11,60%)
SANTA FE
TOTAL VOTES TALLIED: 63,77%

NATIONAL DEPUTIES RESULTS:
CAMBIEMOS
486.642 VOTES (38,91%)
FRENTE JUSTICIALISTA
311.823 VOTES (24,93%)
FRENTE PROGRESISTA CIVICO Y SOCIAL
175.801 VOTES (14,06%)
1 PROYECTO SANTAFESINO
56.445 VOTES (4,51%)
UNITE POR LA LIBERTAD Y LA DIGNIDAD
49.895 VOTES (3,99%)
CIUDAD FUTURA
46.507 VOTES (3,72%)
POPULAR
39.752 VOTES (3,18%)
FRENTE SOCIAL Y POPULAR
35.203 VOTES (2,81%)
FRENTE DE IZQUIERDA Y DE LOS TRABAJADORES
27.826 VOTES (2,23%)
ESPACIO GRANDE
20.702 VOTES (1,66%)


[9:00 PM] First official election results are now available to the public. People can access election results online by checking resultados.gob.ar (in Spanish). Results will be updated every five minutes.


[8:55 PM] We are still waiting for the first official election results, scheduled to being at 9 PM. In the meantime, exit polls around the country seem to suggest that the Cambiemos coalition (AKA President Mauricio Macri’s party) will win most of the provinces contested tonight. For now, three provinces – La Pampa, San Luis and Buenos Aires – still seem to be too close to call.

Cambiemos is really looking to win the big five electoral districts of Argentina – Buenos Aires City, the Buenos Aires province, Santa Fe, Mendoza and Córdoba – a feat that no other political party has managed to accomplish since 1985 and so far it seems that the Macri-led coalition has already won four of them.

Surprisingly, Salta governor Juan Manuel Urtubey admitted in a press conference that Cambiemos had defeated his party’s congressional candidate and congratulated President Macri. He said it was time for the Peronist party to renew itself.


[7:20 PM] Leopoldo Moreau, the campaign manager for Unidad Ciudadana (AKA Cristina Kirchner’s new political party), offered a press conference and said his people were pretty confident the former President would be the most voted candidate in the Buenos Aires province despite Cambiemos’ expectations that their candidate for Congress, Esteban Bullrich, would manage to defeat her today. Cristina is expected to arrive soon to the campaign headquarters in the Greater Buenos Aires district of Avellaneda.

Controversial as ever, the Unidad Ciudadana campaign said earlier today that they would be working with their own recount because they don’t want to depend on the national government for official polling data. And they insist that Cristina leads the race in the province for a 0.8 percent difference.

Moreau insisted that “it’s probably that this election will be too close to call for now, but as information from polling stations begins to arrive, we should be able to work with this with a lot of transparency.”

In the meantime, the Cambiemos headquarters remains optimistic, with sources indicating local media outlets that they expect Bullrich to defeat Cristina Kirchner by at least three points.


[6:35 PM] Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña offered an early press conference from the Cambiemos headquarters in Palermo, Buenos Aires, and celebrated that there were no major incidents during this election day. He also said the recount was expected to be faster today.

Predictably, most of the questions were about the death of Santiago Maldonado, who was found in the Chubut river earlier this week after being missing for more than two week. The Cambiemos officials were asked about whether they believed the news would have any sort of impact in the elections, and whether they were considering changing the way security forces operate around the country when engaging with civilians.

Peña took the lead and explained that the government wouldn’t take any action until the cause of death is revealed. “We’ll draw conclusions once we get there. Anything else would be rushed,” he said.

The Cabinet Chief was then questioned about statements made by Elisa “Lilita” Carrió, Cambiemos’ co-founder and congressional candidate in the Buenos Aires City, regarding Maldonado’s tragic fate.

(In case you forgot, while speaking at a televised debate recently, Carrió said that “there was a 20 percent chance that Maldonado was in Chile with a violent faction of the Mapuche indigenous community known as RAM (Mapuche Ancestral Resistance). A few days later, when the body that would later end up being identified as the 28-year-old tattoo artist’s was found in the icy waters of Chubut, she compared the body’s condition “to that of Walt Disney”, in reference to the urban legend that the cartoonist’s body is cryogenically frozen.

Here statements were strongly condemned by opposition leaders and the Maldonado, which forced Carrió to apologize. Peña said that “[Carrió] had the human decency to apologize to the family and make it clear that she didn’t mean to offend them in any way.”

“I wish all political leaders apologized when a statement is subjected to misinterpretation. She is an undisputed leader in our nation because of her moral authority, convictions and coherence throughout her career. We are confident that the City’s voters will support her and all of the Vamos Juntos‘ (the name that Cambiemos goes by in the city) candidates,” he added.


[6: 20 PM] The Secretary of Political Affairs, Adrián Pérez, announced recently that close to 78 percent of registered voters in Argentina headed to the polls today. Close to a six percent increase when compared to the PASO primaries last August, in which 72.3 percent of the electorate went to the polls.

Pérez will be responsible for announcing preliminary results after 9 PM. While addressing the media a few minutes ago, he said he hoped people would be “patient” while information was being uploaded into the system.”


[6:00 PM] Polls have closed in Argentina and the slow recount process begins. Base on early exit polls, most networks and online media outlets in the country are reporting that President Mauricio Macri’s Cambiemos coalition is the big winner of the night, even in the Buenos Aires province, the biggest electoral district in the country and traditionally a Peronist stronghold. However, these results in the Buenos Aires province could change later tonight and end up favoring former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, just like it happened during the August primaries.

Several local media outlets such as TN and Crónica also reported that Elisa Carrió had won in the city of Buenos Aires “by a landslide”.

The first official results will be announced after 9 PM, but those of you waiting for the final results tonight better grab some coffee and get ready for a long night.

127 of the 257 seats in Argentina’s Lower House and 24 out of the 72 seats in the Senate are being contested. A total of 98.084 polling stations opened their doors today around the country in an election that is considered a referendum on the Macri administration and a confirmation of the President’s policies could launch his bid for reelection in 2019.