Since the previous election, the Corrientes mission it seemed impossible for the Front of All. The radical predominance in the province, of two decades, made a scenario unimaginable in which you could compete on an equal footing with Governor Gustavo Valdés.
To such an extent that it was not until July, just over a month before the election, that candidate K was defined as Fabian Rios, who had run unsuccessfully for governor in 2009 and who had been mayor of the capital from 2013 to 2017.
The defeat was foreseeable, they all agreed on Sunday in Corrientes, but not in the proportion that occurred, of historical levels, with a difference that reached 50 points and that it was similar to those that Peronism itself was giving to radicalism and other forces in provinces where it has governed for years, such as Formosa, for example.
The Minister of Social Development Juan Zabaleta was the controller of PJ de Corrientes.
Not even after Thursday’s unfortunate episode, with a deputy from the Frente de Todos shot in unclear circumstances in the town of Tapebicuá, did the huge gap with Valdés show signs of approaching.
The Government condemned the event, logically, but quickly spread the version that it was a “political attack.”
It was slipped by the PJ of Corrientes, then President Alberto Fernández and finally also the Minister of Health Sabina Frederic. Over time, the Justice advanced, unsuccessfully for now, on hypotheses related to an inmate belonging to local justicialism or to a strictly personal issue or even, as Frederic said, to an “accident.”
Although the first results came shortly after 9:00 p.m., the proportion of tables scrutinized advanced more slowly. And that is why the departure of Ríos was delayed to acknowledge a defeat that was already discounted the previous day.
Locally, there were no reproaches to the national government, but it was disappointing that only the Minister of Social Development Juan Zabaleta, who was in the provincial capital on Saturday, visiting Ríos and greeting Miguel Arias, the deputy shot, and his family.
From La Rosada there were no expressions about it. Only silence in the face of a setback that the Government itself chose not to go back.
Two weeks before PASO, however, such an electoral shock in Corrientes generates alarm and another problem that adds to the unforced errors of recent weeks and that cause uncertainty about what will happen in the mother of all battles: the legislative election of the province of Buenos Aires.