BUENOS AIRES - Daniel Scioli from Argentina's ruling party secured the most votes in the primaries held Sunday gaining an advantage for the presidential elections in October.
Scioli, governor of Buenos Aires province and the sole presidential candidate of the ruling party, Front for Victory, secured 36.8 percent of the votes.
Mauricio Macri, current mayor of Buenos Aires and the candidate of the conservative party Republican Proposal, followed him at second spot, winning over two other candidates of the coalition, Cambiemos or 'Let's Change', Senator Ernesto Sanz and Congresswoman Elisa Carrio.
According to the official count, declared five hours after the polling stopped, Cambiemos obtained 31.28 percent of the votes with Macri securing 24.7 percent of the votes.
"I want to thank those who voted for us and to those who did not vote for us I wish to let them know that we are going to put all our efforts to convince them so that by October they are certain that this is the pathway to attain development and progress in Argentina," said Scioli from Luna Park, Buenos Aires.
Scioli dedicated his victory to the late former President Nestor Kirchner (2003-2007), during whose tenure he served as Vice President, and to President Cristina Fernandez.
Third place was won by the coalition, United for a New Alternative (dissident Peronism), disputed between former Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Sergio Massa, leader of the Renewal Front, and governor of Cordoba Province (Center), Jose Manuel de la Sota.
The coalition received 21.66 percent of the votes with Massa emerging as the winner securing 12.3 percent of the votes.
Fifteen pre-candidates to the presidency participated in these primaries, in which they had to secure at least 1.5 percent of votes to participate in the elections on Oct. 25.
In the presidential elections on Oct. 25, the candidate who receives 45 percent of the votes or more than 40 percent and ten points above the second most voted candidate will succeed Cristina Fernandez.
According to the results of primaries on Sunday only six candidates are eligible for presidential elections in October.