After last night’s shocking elections results, President Mauricio Macri’s Cambiemos coalition celebrated big at their campaign headquarters in Costa Salguero, in Palermo. And for a good reason. Not only did they claim victory in thirteen out of Argentina’s 24 electoral districts, they also triumphed over opponents in the country’s five largest districts: Buenos Aires City, the Buenos Aires province, Santa Fe, Córdoba and Mendoza. This is a huge achievement that hasn’t been accomplished by any political party since the presidency of Raúl Alfonsín back in 1985.
So yes, you could say this is kind of a big deal. Look for yourself.
Check out this map for further province to province details, and see how Cambiemos won by a landslide at a national level (40.59 percent).
The question now on everyone’s minds is what Congress is going to look like in just a few weeks once the new deputies and senators are inaugurated. Well, as it was clear last night, the Cambiemos party gained a significant number of seats in Congress in both the Upper (+9 seats) and Lower House (+21 seats).
Check out this graphic from La Nacion for what the Cámara de Diputados (the Lower House) and the Senate will look like:
In the Senate, the prior leading political caucus, the Peronist party (PJ), will officially stop being the first minority, as Cambiemos will hold more seats. As of December 10th, Cambiemos will boost it’s numbers and hold 24 out of 72 seats. Additionally, soon Cambiemos will respectively hold 107 of the 257 available seats in the Lower House, increasing its numbers to a greater extent. For a further look to explore which seats will be gained and lost, also check out this interactive map.
Although Cambiemos still won’t hold a majority in any of the houses, its representatives will be much closer to reaching a quorum than they are right now.