There are 20 capital cities called to elect the mayor. In addition to the great challenges of Rome, Milan, Turin, Bologna and Naples, the citizens of Cosenza, Benevento, Caserta, Salerno, Isernia, Latina, Grosseto, Ravenna, Rimini, Savona, Novara, Pordenone went to the polls on 3 and 4 October , Trieste, Varese. In Carbonia, however, the municipal elections are scheduled for 10 and 11 October.
The outgoing mayor Clemente Mastella dreams of victory in the first round in the ballot in Benevento – where 73.12% of those entitled to vote: when 28 sections out of 72 were scrutinized, he stood at 47.19% of the votes against the other three candidates, Luigi Diego Perifano of the center-left, the civic Angelo Moretti and Rosa De Stasio (supported by Fdi). Among the curiosities is the victory of Mastella in the hospitals: in the two seats set up to allow the sick to vote, he obtained 63.16 percent of the votes while the center-left candidate Luigi Diego Perifano obtained 28.95 percent.
Out of about 8,500 ballots scrutinized it is head to head in the Caserta ballot between the outgoing mayor Carlo Marino, who leads the center-left coalition, and Gianpiero Zinzi, the center-right candidate. From the first data collected, Marino is about 33%, Zinzi instead over 31%. The percentages are constantly updated, but the run-off is now becoming more and more probable, except for a sensational turnaround. More detached Pio Del Gaudio, Romolo Vignola and Raffaele Giovine with civic lists. Great difficulties in the various committees to find data due to the social networks down, with consequent complications in direct contacts with the list representatives on the polling stations.
Antonfrancesco Vivarelli is on the way to a broad confirmation as mayor of Grosseto. The independent exponent of the center-right, after 38 sections scrutinized out of 76, obtained 56.51%. Disappointing the result of the progressive line-up which, despite the alliance with the 5 Stars, with Leonardo Culicchi does not go beyond 31.44%.
The Municipality of Isernia is moving towards the ballot between the center-left candidate for mayor Piero Castrataro and that of the center-right Gabriele Melogli. The scrutiny, which goes on slowly (about 6 thousand ballots scrutinized), shows a substantial tie between Castrataro, with 42.84% of the preferences, and Melogli with 42.40%, while the candidate of Fratelli d’Italia , Cosmo Tedeschi, is at 14.77%. On Castrataro’s candidacy there was an agreement between the Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement, with the respective lists in support. No agreement between the Brothers of Italy and the other center-right parties for a common candidate. Tedeschi could be the tip of the balance with an appearance in view of the ballot.
The official data of the Interior Ministry for the election of the mayor of Latina, relating to the voting of 15 sections out of the total of 116, see the center-right candidate Vincenzo Zaccheo in clear advantage who with 52.0% could also be directly elected in the first round , while the center-left candidate Damiano Coletta currently stands at 32.2%.
In Novara he recorded a large victory for the outgoing mayor, Alessandro Canelli, a candidate of the center-right. When 18 out of 91 sections remain to be scrutinized, Canelli sails on percentages higher than 70.2%, significantly detaching the main opponent, Nicola Fonzo from the center left, and even more the standard-bearer of the 5 Star Movement, Mario Iacopino. The turnout in the city exceeds fifty percent: in the 91 seats, 53.08% of those entitled to vote, or 41,816 citizens out of 78,773.
With over a fifth of the Ravenna sections scrutinized, the center-left candidate Michele De Pascale leads with 59.95% of the votes and could therefore win in the first round. At around 20 percent, Filippo Donati of the center-right is still.
In Pordenone the center-right confirms the mayor in the first round. When 10 out of 51 sections remain to be scrutinized, Alessandro Ciriani has 65.12% of the votes and his advantage is unbridgeable. Giovanni Zanolin (center left) remains distant.
There is still no official status but Vincenzo Napoli (center left) travels towards reconfirmation as mayor of Salerno. According to what is learned from its committee, Naples stands at a percentage of 57%. “The data shows an absolutely favorable result for the candidate for mayor Vincenzo Napoli” commented the provincial secretary of the Democratic Party, Vincenzo Luciano. The challengers Elisabetta Barone and Michele Sarno who are dueling for second place are detached. The count is proceeding very slowly, as evidenced by the decision of Vincenzo Napoli: initially he was expected for 19.30 at his committee, an appointment which was then postponed.
There is a run-off at the moment in Savona between the center-left candidate Marco Russo and the center-right candidate Angelo Schiurro, but a victory in the first round of the center-left is not excluded, which would cause a reversal. In the evening, Marco Russo, supported by the Democratic Party, the Left and civic lists, after 25 sections scrutinized out of 61, is in the lead with 4,167 votes, equal to 48.20%. Angelo Schiurro, a candidate from the entire center-right, is second with 3,145, equal to 36.38%. The M5S candidate Manuel Meles follows with 906 votes, equal to 10.48%. Savona, a city historically ruled by the left, was the first, five years ago, to initiate the recovery of the center-right in the Ligurian municipalities.
In Varese, after the poll of 37 sections out of the total of 85, just under half of the total, the outgoing mayor Davide Galimberti of the center-left is in the lead with 48.11% of the preferences (6,011 votes). Immediately behind the deputy Matteo Luigi Bianchi, candidate of the center-right, with 44.92% (5,612 votes).