The ruling party is enthusiastic and the opponents are worried

Officials and opponents repeatedly look at the sky with mixed feelings. Sunday dawned cloudy and cold in Río Cuarto, which He didn’t invite people to go out to vote.. And so it had been until 1 p.m., when less than 30% of the 138,880 eligible to vote had voted.

In the alternate capital of the province, where the mayor is elected this Sunday, the weather and the last day of rest of an “extra long” weekend seemed to influence the number of voters who had decided to go to the polls. It’s all part of the previous speculation before 6 p.m., when the polls close and the votes have to be counted.

Note: in the last municipal elections, four years ago, only 49.9% voted (during a pandemic).

Why is participation important? Because a basic rule of politics indicates that a low turnout benefits the candidate who has more apparatus (more resources to mobilize the people who go if they only take them, for example).

In Río Cuarto there is a lot of uncertainty, in a fight for municipal power that seems close between three candidates, but what no one has doubts about and – even the opponents recognize it – is that the official candidate Guillermo De Rivas (We Do Together for Río Fourth), which has the support of Mayor Juan Manuel Llamosas and Governor Martín Llaryora, is the one that had the greatest structure to face the hot campaign to elect a new mayor.

After noon, the Peronist supporters of the official mayor candidate did not hide their optimism, convinced that a low turnout would supposedly benefit them.

While in the campaign commands of the other two main opposition mayor candidates with a chance of victory, the radical Gonzalo Parodi (Primero Río Cuarto), and the dissident Peronist Adriana Nazario (Fuerza del Imperio del Sur), admitted that a low level of participation could influence the final result.

Bell. After a hot campaign, today more than 138 Rio Cuartenses will elect the new mayor, who from July 1 will replace the Peronist Juan Manuel Llamosas. (Tommy Fragueiro)

Although after 2 p.m., the sun rose more strongly, and the thermometer began to rise to double digits in temperature, which predicted a sunny afternoon with better weather, for the peace of mind of the candidates who want to challenge the ruling party for municipal power.

In politics, and on an election day, speculation also plays a role. Although that does not mean that they are then reflected in reality, which is the final result, which in this case will be known around 9 p.m.

The tranquility and few people seen in the center of the city of Río Cuarto contrasts with the movement in the neighborhoods and around the schools where voting takes place. The different parties move to bring people closer to voting and to guarantee oversight.

Transparency is assured, in a fight for victory between three candidates, of the 10 competing. There are seven who are playing to have a representative on the next Deliberative Council. Everyone competes and works for some goal.

When it came time to vote, the three main candidates were satisfied with the campaign, and even the official De Rivas invited the people of Rio Cuarto to go vote. Nazario and Parodi spoke in the same sense, with more emphasis, convinced that the greater the number of voters, the greater their chances of victory.

External support

There is also a lot of activity in each campaign command, which will continue until the end of the elections.

As was the case throughout the campaign, the ruling party has strong support from the provincial power, which responds to Governor Martín Llaryora.

The Minister of Government, Manuel Calvo, the Secretary General of the Interior, David Consalvi, and the head of the ruling party in the Legislature, Miguel Siciliano, have been installed in the city since last Wednesday.

This Sunday, very early, the Minister of Social Development and Employment Promotion, Laura Jure, also arrived. Like her colleagues, the provincial official joined the ruling party’s team to carry out the task of mobilization and inspection.

“We come to collaborate with the candidate in our space. Nothing strange, coordinating and supporting all the work that Rio Cuartense Peronism does in support of De Rivas,” clarified one of the Peronists who arrived from the city of Córdoba, showing himself indifferent to the complaints of political clientelism made by the opponents, which in recent days , was reflected in a specific complaint against the ruling party, presented to the Electoral Justice.

While Parodi and Nazario chose to campaign without external support. The radical candidate asked the provincial leaders of his party not to come to campaign. Parodi, a former official of Juan Jure, the last radical mayor, trusts his own team, and also wanted to have freedom in the campaign to criticize the ruling party De Rivas for the support of the governor and provincial officials.

Nazario, meanwhile, chose the same strategy as radicalism. He concentrated the campaign with his local team, touring the neighborhoods a lot, in “direct contact with the people,” as the last partner of former governor José Manuel de la Sota proclaimed in recent days.

Before the close of the elections, there is also widespread comment about how the celebrations will be, according to whoever wins.

There is no doubt that if the ruling party retains power, Governor Llaryora and a large part of his cabinet, which includes extra-party leaders, will participate in the celebrations.

Parodi did not invite anyone, but the main radical leaders, with deputy Rodrigo de Loredo at the head, will come tonight, “whatever the result,” admitted a collaborator of the president of the radical bloc in the Chamber of Deputies.

It should not be ruled out that former deputy Maximiliano Yacobitti, a reference for Buenos Aires radicalism, who provided strong support to Parodi, would come from the Federal Capital. It is not ruled out that the Buenos Aires senator Martín Lousteau will also come, although it is less likely.

The possible presences of Yacobitti and Lousteau seem to have influenced Senator Luis Juez to make the decision not to come tonight, so Paradi can claim victory. The former gubernatorial candidate for Together for Change wants nothing to do with sharing a photo with the two Buenos Aires radicals.

On the other hand, if Nazario wins, those who will celebrate will be the main delasotista leaders, with the exception of national representative Natalia de la Sota, who spoke in favor of De Rivas’ candidacy.

Beyond the fact that De la Sota’s daughter is a member of the provincial PJ, with some friction with the ruling party, the versions in Río Cuarto indicate that the personal relationship between the national deputy and Nazario did not go well.

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