Argentina

Presidential, legislative and provincial elections today


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An electorate of 28,861,196 million of the 40 million Argentineans will be voting today in a general election.

Voting will be for the post of President and Vice-President, 27 of the 72 seats in the Senate (upper house) and 130 seats in the 254 seat Chamber of Deputies (lower house). Voting will also take place in nine provinces for governors and hundreds of local councillors; they are Buenos Aires, Entre Ríos, La Pampa, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Jujuy, San Juan, Mendoza and Formosa.

Voting is compulsory and will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The incumbent president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of the Front for Victory (FPV-PJ), is expected to win comfortably. Her running mate is Amado Boudou. In a 14th August primary, she took 50.24% of the vote and the most recent opinion polls are suggesting her support will be closer to 54%.

Ricardo Alfonsin of the centrist Radical Civic Union (UCR) was in second place in the primaries with 12.20% of the vote but has since faded and the last poll gave him 9.6% of the vote.

The likely second place runner, although nearly forty points behind Kirchner is Hermes Binner, the governor of Santa Fe province and Socialist Party (PS) candidate. He took 10.18% of the vote in the primary but the latest poll gives him 16.6%.

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