The first force on the left in the Community of Madrid is, as of today, turquoise green and has a new leader: Monica Garcia. The left failed yesterday to add enough to overthrow an unbeatable Isabel Diaz Ayuso, but Más Madrid did achieve something historic: ‘overtake’ the PSOE, which reaped its worst result in its history in a Madrid autonomous region. With more than 613,000 ballots (about 17% of the vote), he outnumbered the Socialists by just over 4,000 votes, with those who tied at 24 seats.
The advance came when the vote count reached 95% and after the candidate Ángel Gabilondo and the minister José Luis Ábalos would have already come out to assess the result of the socialists. The ‘sorpasso’ was a possibility that the polls had drawn, but it seemed somewhat distant. However, García’s push as a result of the two debates and his commitment to give importance to “the real problems of the people” in the campaign, emphasizing issues such as mental health or environmentalism, made it overcome a PSOE that in recent days was only in the doldrums.
The socialists held the type (although always behind the PP) in fiefdoms such as Alcorcón, Aranjuez, Getafe or Fuenlabrada, but by a slim margin. Instead, Más Madrid prevailed in municipalities such as Pinto, Rivas-Vaciamadrid or San Fernando de Henares. Of course, his triumph was consolidated in Madrid capital, where he beat the PSOE in 18 of the 21 districts with more than 30,000 votes difference. Nor was Pablo Iglesias a rival for García, who beat him by 350,000 ballots, which consolidates Errejón’s bet: the green left is already the strong left.
“There is a green, feminist and Madrid alternative”
García appreciated the results surrounded by Errejón, the spokesperson for Más Madrid in the City Council, Rita Maestre, and other members of his candidacy, showing contained joy. That of a formation that saw the change near but that has remained at the gates, although at the same time it has exceeded all possible expectations. This is how he conveyed it: “We have done in the campaign everything that has been in our power, But it was not enough“.
In his speech, which lasted just a few minutes, García also wanted to emphasize that his small triumph is due to the fact that, “in front of the occurrences“, in reference to Ayuso,” and to the abstractions “, in reference to Pablo Iglesias, they have spoken” of the real problems “.”We have put people at the center“, He said.
Likewise, García said “assuming” the “responsibility of leading the change in the Community” and declared that, since last night, the countdown begins for the next regional elections, to be held in 2023 according to the deadlines set by law.