BUENOS AIRES – Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, candidate of the conservative Mauricio Macri-led Republican Proposal, PRO, party, has won the primary elections in Buenos Aires.
City Cabinet Chief Rodriguez Larreta had obtained 47.6 percent of the 27 percent votes counted by Sunday, 10 points ahead of his main rival and party member Gabriela Michetti.
This is a boost to Macri, PRO presidential hopeful and outgoing Buenos Aires city mayor, fresh from an internal conflict which had led to a face-off between his preferred candidate, Rodriguez Larreta, and Michetti in the primaries.
Former Minister of Economy and Production and candidate of the center-left Organized Citizen’s Energy coalition, Martin Lousteau, was in second spot with 22 percent of the votes.
Placed third was Mariano Recalde, head of the state-owned airline Aerolineas Argentinas, with 19 percent.
Argentina’s former finance secretary, Guillermo Nielsen of Sergio Massa’s Renewal Front, did not get the 1.5 percent of the votes needed to participate in the July 5 elections.
Opinion polls have placed Massa behind Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli and Marci in the presidential race.
Around 2.5 million voters, 8 percent of the country’s eligible voters, participated on Sunday to choose the candidates for July’s election to decide Mauricio Macri’s successor.