BUENOS AIRES -- Horacio Larreta from the PRO party won the elections for mayor of Buenos Aires
but failed to avoid a run-off.
With 92.7% of the votes counted, Larreta had 45.6% of the valid votes, while Martin Lousteau of the ECO coalition party had 25.6%, and Mariano Recalde of the ruling Kirchner-Peronist Frente para la Victoria (FpV) party had 21.7%.
Since no candidate was able to garner at least 50% of the votes a second round will take place on 19 July between Larreta and Lousteau.
The focus over the next 2 weeks will be whether the votes from the ruling party FpV candidate go to Lousteau.
Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was unable to help her candidate, Recalde, even though she was making last minute campaign appearances for him. Recalde, who serves as the government appointed head of Aerolineas Argentina, is a member of La Campora youth group headed by Kirchner's son Maximo.
Mauricio Macri, who has held the Mayor's post for 8 years, is running for President. He is supporting Larreta, who is his Cabinet chief and is most likely to be his successor in the city of 3.2 million that has mostly been a business-minded Opposition bastion to Peronism.
Elections also took place in the provinces of Cordoba and La Rioja for governor, in Corrientes for lawmakers and senators, and primaries for governor in La Pampa.
In Cordoba, Juan Schiaretti from the Union por Cordoba party had 38.2% of the valid votes. At the time of writing 25.6% of the votes were counted. Second was Oscar Aguad from the UCR-PRO alliance and third the candidate for the FpV Eduardo Accastello.
In La Rioja, with 28% of votes counted at the time of writing, Sergio Casas, aligned with the FpV party, was
ahead with the 57% of the votes. Julio Martinez of the UCR party had 43% of the votes.
Argentina will hold Presidential elections on October 25.
Argentina - Encuesta Province of BA - Aresco Instant Research - June 2015 by Latin American Herald Tribune