BUENOS AIRES – The ruling party coalition Cambiemos was leading late Sunday in the vote counting for the primaries in the province of Buenos Aires, the largest electoral district in Argentina, according to first results.
With 5.21 percent of the polling stations in Buenos Aires having been scrutinized, candidates from the ruling coalition Cambiemos, headed by former Education minister Esteban Bullrich, took a lead in the senator category, securing 36.89 percent of the votes.
The first runner-up for the senator category was the candidate from the Citizens Unity Party, led by the former president Cristina Fernandez, who obtained 31.72 percent of the votes in the same district of Buenos Aires, which represents 37 percent of the country’s total voters.
The second runner-up was the opposition 1Pais party, led by Sergio Massa, which garnered 15.86 percent of the votes.
As for the elections of deputies, Cambiemos secured 37.31 percent of the votes, followed by Citizens Unity Party, which obtained 30.09 percent and 1País with 15.09 percent in Buenos Aires.
The ruling coalition also took a strong lead in the second largest electoral district in Argentina, the central province of Cordoba, with 44.25 percent of the votes in the category of deputies; and in the third largest district, the province of Santa Fe, with 29.59 percent of the votes.
In the city of Buenos Aires, the fourth largest electoral district by electorate, the candidate for deputies, Elisa “Lilita” Carrio, from the ruling coalition Cambiemos, garnered 48.06 percent of the votes, while the candidate from the Citizens Unity Party secured only 21.55 percent.
Some 33.1 million Argentines were entitled to vote in these primaries on Sunday, which will determine the candidates eligible for competing in the legislative elections on Oct. 22.