Although with a official count very slow, on the night of this Sunday the radical Gustavo Valdés he was awarded the triumph and his re-election as governor of Corrientes until 2025 by more than 75% of the votes, in an unpublished performance for the UCR and also for Kirchnerism, which fell by a wide difference.
This morning, with 62.94% of the polling stations scrutinizedyes, the governor harvested 75.96% of the votes and candidate K Fabian Rios the 24.04%.
To celebrate, the president got on the box of a truck and left for a tour of the center of Corrientes.
Valdés, surrounded by the radical leadership, celebrating his overwhelming triumph.
Ríos acknowledged his defeat in a press conference that he gave in the bunker of the provincial PJ. “The path that I walked personally I walked from the deepest of my convictions. I congratulate those who won. I personally assume defeat and I ask my colleagues that convictions should not be abandoned, ”said the candidate.
In an election marked by the attack suffered by a provincial deputy from the Frente de Todos last Thursday, Valdés, accompanied by Pedro Braillard Poccard as a candidate for lieutenant governor, he confirmed all the predictions and prevailed with more than three-quarters of the votes and by a much higher margin than in 2017, when he had been elected for the first time with 55%.
Unlike that election with “Camau” Espínola in which he won by ten points of difference, this time he beat Ríos by 50, who achieved 24% of the adhesions.
What’s more, his victory was a huge contrast compared to the 2019 presidential election, when Alberto Fernández won by more than 20 points of difference in Corrientes over Mauricio Macri.
What’s more, radicalism retains the city of Corrientes, with a comfortable victory for Eduardo Tassano, who wins with almost 70% and surpasses by about 40 points his rival, the current provincial vice-governor Gustavo Canteros. Thus, the fear that existed before an eventual ballot cut was dispelled, which in the end was not so strong.
The victories of Valdés and Tassano had two replies in the vote of senators and provincial deputies, in which the Frente Eco + Vamos Corrientes also exceeded 75 percentage points.
Pending the results of the election, Valdés received the main swords of radicalism in the governorship.
Shortly after 22, Valdés gave the speech in which the victory was awarded at the party headquarters, after Braillard Poccard and Tassano did. His first mention was direct of support for Miguel Arias, the deputy shot.
“I want to send a big hug to Deputy Arias and his family. I have repudiated violence all my life, we do not promote violence. As part of the UCR, we wish him and his family the best, that he gets better and recovers.” Valdes said.
He then followed with a thank you message to the entire Radical Civic Union, “my political party” and to each of the 32 political parties that made up the Eco + Vamos Corrientes Front in Corrientes. And he shouted, euphoric: “We are winning with 75% of the votes.”
Too there were reflections related to avoiding confrontation at the provincial and national level. “We have made a proposal so that all Argentines and Corrientes meet. I am not the one who got 75% of the votes, I took them the way of production, work and the modernization that we promote.” He especially greeted “all of us who cannot embrace because of the pandemic” and closed: “If we want a different result, we have to come together, the crack leads to absolutely nothing, the meeting is the way.”
Facundo Manes, in the photo with Gustavo Valdés, was one of the most saluted leaders of the UCR.
To Corrientes all the dome of radicalism arrived, with Ernesto Sanz, Alfredo Cornejo and Facundo Manes as the main exponents, to celebrate a victory that they defined as “historic”.
No presence of PRO leaders
The PROMeanwhile, he was present only from his Youth, but without central party leaders, such as Mauricio Macri and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta that, however, they celebrated the overwhelming triumph of Valdés throught social media.
In Kirchnerism, on the other hand, silence prevailed in the face of an expected defeat, although not of such a great proportion as that of Ríos ended up.
Valdés, dressed in a white shirt and jeans, voted at the Mariano Moreno school in an operation without unforeseen events, loaded with preventive measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the same day that the president decided to go to phase 5 due to the decrease in infections in the City.
At noon he was followed by his running mate Pedro Braillard Poccard, current national senator, who voted at Escuela 3 del Centenario, also in the capital.
Ríos, meanwhile, voted minutes after 10.30 at the Manuel Belgrano School. In his message the mention of the attack suffered by Arias prevailed. “I hope that everything develops normally and the fact of political violence is elucidated,” he said in relation to what happened.
Although the scrutiny was slow and was still progressing as of press time, the elections were carried out normally and the percentage of voters exceeded 70%, official sources indicated.