She was not the original candidate of the Christian Democrats. She would remain at the head of the Senate and her colleague Ximena Rincón would be the candidate of the phalanx to La Moneda, however, the popularity that Yasna Provoste achieved after negotiating the minimum commons with the Government to face, in a better way, the effects of the pandemic, positioned her as the natural leader of the party and, therefore, its presidential letter. All this, at the expense of Ximena Rincón, who was practically taken down in an undignified way.
This Saturday, who was Minister of Education of the first Government of Michelle Bachelet was overwhelmingly imposed against Carlos Maldonado (PR) and Paula Narváez (PS-PPD-PL-Nuevo Trato), confirming the forecasts of analysts and various surveys that gave her as the winner .
Provoste is not your typical DC candidate. That party had never had a presidential standard-bearer, a teacher, Diaguita, but she also represents the most progressive sectors of the Party, to the point that some time ago the former first lady, Marta Larraechea “sent her” to the Communist Party. These characteristics are conducive to retaining the vote of the other two candidates, but at the same time they open questions. Is the distance that has already been appreciated between the candidate’s personal positions and those of the party’s parliamentarians an advantage or a weakness? Will they open up flanks of attack or, conversely, wider margins of support?
In times where it has become clear that voter loyalty to presidential candidates can be fierce (we have seen primary electoral tourism), the results of these elections not only close some dilemmas, but also open new questions.What will the chameleon Sebastian do? Sichel with this closing of the flank of the middle? Will Yasna Provoste be able to retain the vote of the other Constituent Unit candidates? Is the border between Boric and Narváez voters so impassable and, therefore, what will the latter do in November? Provoste’s victory will force the other candidates and the senator herself to reinvent themselves for what is coming.
Now, it will be in November when it is defined who enters La Moneda, when Provoste must face, until now, Gabriel Boric from Approve Dignidad and Sebastián Sichel from Chile Podemos +.
Both Boric and Sichel were the candidates most oriented towards the political center of their respective pacts, a sector that also represents the standard-bearer DC, so it will be the moderate votes that will be in dispute for the three candidates of the traditional parties, with their nuances. , the niche of votes they point to is the same.
The foregoing also opens up a possibility regarding other possible candidates who lean towards less moderate positions, either to the left or to the right, as is the case of José Antonio Kast or a candidate from the People’s List who manages to gather the signatures of here to monday.