The yellow wave that advanced on seven of the eight electoral sections of the Province gained momentum thanks to the very good choice made by the Together coalition in most of the Buenos Aires districts, except in one: Lanús, where Mayor Néstor Grindetti, chief, governs campaign of Diego Santilli, who by a narrow margin could not celebrate the victory of the list he called to vote.
In the PASO on Sunday, Juntos swept through PRO municipalities such as Vicente López, where Jorge Macri governs and with a single list of candidates for the Council, he achieved 56.41% of the votes against 22.42% of the three internal payrolls of the Frente de Everybody. Something similar occurred in Capitán Sarmiento (where Javier Iguacel, the former Minister of Energy of Mauricio Macri, is in charge) and the internal summation of Juntos brought together 64.15% against Kirchner’s 13.6%. In General Pueyrredón (whose head is Mar del Plata), Mayor Guillermo Montenegro’s payroll got 46.84% over a Peronist 27.12%. With greater or lesser difference, the results in favor of Juntos were replicated in opposition municipalities of the Conurbano such as San Isidro, Tres de Febrero and the interior (among them Bahía Blanca, Olavarría, Azul, Pergamino, San Nicolás and Junín).
But there was a “black swan” in the Third, the only electoral section that Peronism retained, where Lanús is also the only district that the Frente de Todos does not govern.
Here, contrary to the hit of Juntos, the list of the communal chief aligned with Santilli lost by just over one point against the sum of votes gathered by the three internal lists of the Frente de Todos in Lanús. Although the list that at the national level refers to the former Buenos Aires vice chief was the most voted.
In the STEP to define candidates for councilors, the Frente de Todos predominated with 41.02% (and 97,929 votes) over Juntos, which garnered 39.71% (94,807).
Internally, within Kirchnerism the payroll was imposed led by the camper Julián Álvarez, followed by Agustín Balladares (linked to Santiago Cafiero) and Omar Galdurralde (former Lottery holder, close to Sergio Massa and Martín Insaurralde).
Álvarez, however, got 42,289 votes, just over half of the 70,601 who chose the list put together by Grindetti, with Damián Sala at the helm for the Council and Santilli in the Province. The other list of Juntos, with the radical Emiliano Bursese and aligned with Manes, obtained 24,206 votes.
Now we will have to wait to see if the Juntos votes can reverse in November the result achieved yesterday by the atomized Frente de Todos in Lanús, the small homeland of Diego Santilli’s campaign manager.