December 13, 2013
Córdoba: De la Sota looks ahead to 2015
Governor’s party is the favourite for today
With almost no possible surprises ahead, Córdoba is ready to vote today for the nine legislators who will represent the province in the Lower House. Unión por Córdoba, the official party of Governor Juan Manuel de la Sota, is the clear favorite for the election with former governor Juan Schiaretti as its main candidate, followed by the Radical Union headed by current Congressman Oscar Aguad and PRO with ex referee Héctor Baldassi.
From the 16 parties that competed in the PASO in August, nine got the sufficient votes to be part of today’s election. The Victory Front (FPV) will try to increase the government’s scarce representation in Córdoba, competing with Civic Coalition, Vecinalismo Independiente party, Encuentro Vecinal Córdoba party, Civic and Social Progressive Front (FPCyS) and Workers’ Leftist Front (FIT).
Unión por Córdoba hopes to widen its representation in Congress with four legislators, two more than now. Current lawmakers Francisco Fortuna and Estela Garnero end their terms in December. De la Sota’s party leaded the PASO elections with 30.14 percent of the votes with a ballot headed by Schiaretti, newscaster Blanca Rossi and current government Chief-of-Staff Carlos Caserio.
The Radical Union risks with the election three chairs in Congress with current legislators Aguad, Gladys Espíndola and Hipólito Faustinelli but the party hopes to maintain that number. With a ballot headed by Aguad, Quilino’s major María Soledad Carrizo and Córdoba City’s Major Diego Mestre, UCR obtained 22.28 percent in the last PASO elections.
PRO’s first election
Mauricio Macri’s PRO party will face today its first election in Córdoba with a ballot headed by former referee Héctor Baldassi, followed by former Economic Development secretary Laura Rodríguez, farmer union leader Néstor Roulet and former councillor of Río Cuarto Jorge Pazo. The party reached the third place in the primary elections with 12.08 percent of the votes.
The Victory Front will try to improve its 2009 legislative poll results in Córdoba, when it garnered only 9.12 percent of the votes. FPV is only risking one seat in the chamber and will probably struggle until the last minute with PRO to obtain it, after having reached the fourth place in PASO elections with 10.87 percent of the votes. Former head of Córdoba’s National University Carolina Scotto leads the ballot together with University Policies Secretary Martín Gill and major of Villa del Totoral Ernesto Bernabey.
For a last boost of the campaign, congressman Fernando “Chino” Navarro travelled to Córdoba on Friday to support Scotto’s candidancy and assured the continuity of the Kirchnerite government.
With fewer chances to gain a seat, Vecinalismo Independiente will run for today’s election with a ballot headed by former wife of Governor De la Sota Olga Riutort. FIT hopes to repeat today its whopping 5.50 percent of the votes in the PASO elections with current provincial legislator Liliana Olivero.
Luis Juez’ Civic and Social Progressive Front is risking three chairs in the chamber but the seventh position obtained at the PASO elections won’t be enough, probably. The party proposes the reelection of Congressman Ernesto Martínez, followed by councillor Viviana Yawny. Coalición Cívica-ARI is left with even fewer possibilities, with a ballot headed by Roberto Cucui as well as Encuentro Vecinal por Córdoba with María Marcone.
2,645.623 people will express their vote today in Córdoba, including 48,502 under aged, in 7,986 polling stations, representing 8.65 of the total votes in the country. As in the rest of the country, the first results will be available at 9pm and the definitive ones at midnight.
Herald with DyN, Télam