Argentina Election Down To Two Horse Race
The competition for Argentina’s next president is now down to a two-horse race between economy minister Sergio Massa and far-right candidate Javier Milei, following Sunday’s presidential election first round.
Massa exceeded expectations by winning over 36% of the vote despite the belief that voters would hold him responsible for presiding over the current financial crisis, which has seen Argentina’s inflation nearing 140%.
Milei finished in second place with 30% of the votes, after finishing first in the primaries back in August. Conservative Patricia Bullrich came third with 23.8%, Juan Schiaretti fourth with 6.8%, and Myriam Bregman fifth with 2.7%.
None of the five candidates have received the necessary 45% of votes needed to win outright. This means there will be a second round of ballots on 19th November, which will be a straight shoot-out between Massa and Milei.
The two remaining candidates are polar opposites of each other, and whoever wins will have a huge job on their hands overcoming what is a very difficult time for Argentina’s economy.