As the definitive tallying for the midterms’ primaries comes to an end, former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s camp came out to announce that she was unofficially informed that she had won the election in the Buenos Aires Province, beating Cambiemos candidate Esteban Bullrich by “around 30,000 votes.”
Government representatives have already conceded the result, but claimed that the difference is narrower: “It’s of roughly 20,000 votes. We think it’s reasonable. It was what we expected,” a government official told Infobae.
We will know the final figures either tomorrow or Wednesday when authorities from the Electoral Chamber reveal the definitive tallying’s numbers: They still have to count the votes of roughly 50 ballot boxes whose numbers were challenged by an observer from one of the parties.
Despite not having the official results, the former President already intends to capitalize on her victory: Tomorrow she will hold a rally in the city of La Plata to relaunch her campaign for the general elections that will take place on October 22.
What happened in this election is extremely unusual, at least for Argentine elections. The provisional tally that takes place immediately after the election is usually sufficient to determine the winner, considering that the prevailing candidate usually has an insurmountable advantage over the runner-up.
Given the extremely close difference between the candidates this year, the votes that weren’t tallied — approximately 4 percent — became necessary to determine who came out on top in the most populated province in the country, and consequentially the big prize in of the midterm elections. With the results set, the parties will now begin the campaign for October’s general elections.