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2015 Argentine presidential election

Presidential election
← 2011 25 October 2015 (First round)
22 November 2015 (Second round)
2019 →
Registered32,130,853 (First round)
32,108,509 (Second round)
Turnout81.07% (First round)
80.77% (Second round)
  Presidente Macri en el Sillón de Rivadavia - 1.jpg Daniel Scioli October 2015.jpg
Nominee Mauricio Macri Daniel Scioli
Party Republican Proposal Justicialist Party
Alliance Cambiemos Front for Victory
Home state City of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Province
Running mate Gabriela Michetti Carlos Zannini
States carried 8 + CABA 15
Popular vote 12,988,349 12,309,575
Percentage 51.34% 48.66%

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President before election

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
FPV-PJ

Elected President

Mauricio Macri
Cambiemos-PRO

Legislative election

← 2013 25 October 2015 2017 →

130 of 257 seats in the Chamber of Deputies
24 of 72 seats in the Senate
Turnout81.06% (Deputies)
79.83% (Senate)
Party Leader % Seats ±
Chamber of Deputies
Front for Victory 37.39% 60
Let's Change 35.11% 47
United for a New Alternative 17.56% 17
Left and Worker's Front 4.19% 1
Progressives 3.43% 2
Federal Commitment 1.17% 2
We Are All Chubut 0.37% 1
Senate
Let's Change 38.81% 9
Front for Victory 32.72% 13
United for a New Alternative 16.86% 1
We Are All Chubut 1.20% 1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
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Chamber of Deputies results by province

General elections were held in Argentina on 25 October 2015 to elect the President and National Congress, and followed primary elections which were held on 9 August 2015. A second round of voting between the two leading candidates took place on 22 November, after surprisingly close results forced a runoff.[1] On the first runoff voting ever held for an Argentine Presidential Election, Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri narrowly defeated Front for Victory candidate and Buenos Aires Province Governor Daniel Scioli with 51.34% of votes.[2] He took office on 10 December, making him the first freely elected president in almost a century who was not either a Radical or a Peronist.

Background[edit]

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was re-elected in 2011. As the Constitution of Argentina does not allow more than two consecutive terms, several politicians from the Front for Victory (FPV) speculated about a constitutional amendment to allow unlimited re-elections.[3] This idea[4] was heavily resisted by the opposition parties, and the FPV could not reach the required two-thirds majority in Congress. The mid-term elections in 2013 ended the FPV's hope for a constitutional amendment after they failed to win the necessary supermajority.[5]

Electoral system[edit]

The election of the president was carried out using the ballotage system, a modified version of the two-round system in which a candidate can win the presidency in the first round either by receiving 45% of the vote, or by receiving 40% of the vote and finishing at least 10 percentage points ahead of the second-place candidate.[6] Voting is compulsory for citizens between 18 and 70 years old.[7] Suffrage was also extended to 16- and 17-year-olds, though without compulsory voting.[8]

There are a total of 257 seats of the Chamber of Deputies, elected from 24 electoral districts–the 23 provinces, plus the federal district of Buenos Aires, which its own executive and legislature and is represented in the national Congress like all other provinces.[9] The number of seats are distributed in relation to the population of the province. In order to be in concordance with the "one-third female" law enforces that one-third of the overall seats in the Chamber of Deputies are female. The 130 seats of the Chamber of Deputies up for election were elected from 24 multi-member constituencies based on the 23 provinces and Buenos Aires. Seats were allocated using the D'Hondt method of proportional representation, with an electoral threshold of 3%.[7]

The 24 seats in the Senate up for election were elected in three-seat constituencies using the closed list system. Each district is represented by three senatorial seats. Each party is allowed to register up to two candidates; one of those registered must be female. The party receiving the most votes wins two seats, and the second-placed party won one.[10] The third senatorial seat was established in the Constitution of 1994 in order to better represent the largest minority in each district.

Parties and coalitions provided their own ballot papers, which voters placed in sealed envelopes. However, voters were able to cut ballot papers up and place different sections from different parties inside the envelope if they wanted to vote for different candidates or lists for different posts. Being under a Federal system, it is possible for different provinces to use different systems. In Buenos Aires and Salta electronic voting machines were used to print out a single unified ballot, with voters able to select different candidates and parties on a touch screen. Other municipalities such as Bariloche opted for a non-electronic single unified ballot.[11] Opposition candidates, including Sergio Massa, Mauricio Macri and Margarita Stolbizer called for the nationwide implementation of a unified ballot and/or electronic voting, though Massa in particular was more cautious, saying it was more realistic for such a system to be implemented by 2017.[12] The authority in charge of regulating elections rejected changing the system within 2015 since they claimed it would be too short term to implement the changes and explain to the public how the new system works.[13]

Candidates[edit]

General election[edit]

These candidates received at least 1.5% of valid votes and passed to the general election.

Cambiemos[edit]

Mauricio Macri, from the Republican Proposal, was the mayor of Buenos Aires city. Many smaller parties had created a coalition the previous year, the Broad Front UNEN. Elisa Carrió of the Civic Coalition left it to join Macri.[14] An internal congress of the Radical Civic Union decided to do so as well, and proposing Ernesto Sanz as their precandidate.[15] UNEN was thus disbanded, and the three candidates ran for the coalition Cambiemos. Margarita Stolbizer refused to join the coalition with Macri, and ran in a separate party instead.[16]

Cambiemos logofinal.png
Cambiemos
Mauricio Macri Gabriela Michetti
for President for Vice President
Mauricio Macri (cropped).jpg
Gabriela Michetti.jpg
5th Chief of Government of Buenos Aires
(2007–2015)
National Senator for Buenos Aires City
(2013–2016)
Parties in the coalition:[17]

Front for Victory[edit]

Initially, the FPV had several pre-candidates to the presidency, but only Daniel Scioli and Florencio Randazzo had a good reception in the opinion polls. Scioli was resisted by factions of the party that did not consider him truly loyal to Kirchner. All the minor candidates resigned when Kirchner asked them to do so.[18] Randazzo resigned as well some weeks before the primary elections, leaving Scioli as the sole precandidate of the FPV.[19] Randazzo did not accept to run for governor of the Buenos Aires province, which had primary elections between minister Aníbal Fernández and Julián Domínguez.[20] Fernández won the local primary elections.

Logo Frente para la Victoria.svg
Front for Victory
Daniel Scioli Carlos Zannini
for President for Vice President
Daniel Scioli October 2015.jpg
Carlos Zannini (cropped).jpg
Governor of Buenos Aires
(2007–2015)
Legal and Technical Secretary of the Presidency
(2003–2015)
Parties in the coalition:[17]

Other candidates[edit]

in alphabetical order

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Workers' Left Front
Una logo.png
United for a New Alternative
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Federal Commitment
Logo frente Progresistas.svg
Progresistas
Nicolás del Caño Myriam Bregman Sergio Massa Gustavo Sáenz Adolfo Rodríguez Saá Liliana Negre de Alonso Margarita Stolbizer Miguel Ángel Olaviaga
for President for Vice President for President for Vice President for President for Vice President for President for Vice President
Nicolás Del Caño (cropped).jpg
Myriam Bregman.jpg
Sergio Massa (cropped).jpg
Gustavo Sáenz.png
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LilianaNegreDeAlonso.jpg
Margarita Rosa Stolbizer.png
National Deputy for Mendoza
(2013–2015)
National Deputy for Buenos Aires
(2015–2016)
National Deputy for Buenos Aires
(2013–2017)
Mayor of Salta
(2015–2019)
National Senator for San Luis
(2005–present)
National Senator for San Luis
(2001–2017)
National Deputy for Buenos Aires
(1997–2005, 2009–2017)
Union leader of Asociación Mutual Mercantil Argentina
Parties in the coalition:[17]
Parties in the coalition:[17]
Parties in the coalition:[17]
  • Movimiento Independiente Justicia y Dignidad
  • Es Posible
Parties in the coalition:[17]

Primary elections[edit]

These candidates didn't receive at least of the 1.5% of valid votes to pass to the general election.

Popular Front
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Movement for Socialism
Mst-logo.png
MST-Nueva Izquierda
People's Party Neighbourhood Action Movement
Víctor De Gennaro Evangelina Codoni Manuela Castañeira Jorge Ayala Alejandro Bodart Vilma Ripoll Mauricio Yattah María Moretta Raúl Albarracín Gastón Dib
for President for Vice President for President for Vice President for President for Vice President for President for Vice President for President for Vice President
Parties in the coalition:[17]
Does not appear
Parties in the coalition:[17]
Does not appear Does not appear

Campaign and controversies[edit]

Opinion polls during the first round had underestimated the number of voters intending to vote for Macri, while later polls underestimated Scioli.

With Kirchner unable to run, three candidates led the opinion polls; Daniel Scioli, Sergio Massa and Mauricio Macri.[21] Several controversies took place during the time of the elections, or related to the elections themselves.

The primary elections and some local elections had scandals of Electoral fraud. There was a frequent theft of ballot papers from the polling places. State-owned Correo Argentino collects the results of each school and sends them to a centralized location for their global count; there have been reports of inconsistencies between the results signed in the schools and those informed by Correo Argentino. Tucumán even had a case of people burning ballot boxes, which led to several demonstrations at Plaza Independencia. There was policial repression on those demonstrations, leading to further scandals.

Journalist Jorge Lanata aired an interview with a prisoner sentenced for the 2008 Triple crime, who claimed that Aníbal Fernández was the mastermind of that crime. This increased the tensions between Fernández and Domínguez, as Fernández considered that Domínguez helped Lanata somehow. Scioli stayed away from both precandidates to governor in the last week before the primary elections, which were won by Fernández.[22]

Ariel Velázquez, a sympathizer of the Radical Civic Union, was shot in his house in Jujuy, after taking part in the political campaign. He died two weeks later, and the Tupac Amaru organization (led by Kirchnerite Milagro Sala) was blamed for it. President Cristina Kirchner claimed that he was not a Radical, which was refuted by his family.[22]

Several cities in the Buenos Aires Province suffered big floods during the primary elections, and the following week. The flood affected 10,000 people. Daniel Scioli had left to Italy at that moment, and made a rushed return. Mauricio Macri considered it a result of poor urban planning under Scioli's provincial government, and compared it with the lack of flooding in Buenos Aires during the same storm, which had undergone flood prevention works under his leadership. Scioli accused users of social networks to plot to damage his public image, and claimed that he has all of them identified.[22]

Vote buying is also a common tool utilized in Argentine elections. As for this election, the director for the Center for Research and Social Action, Rodrigo Zarazaga stated, “Vote buying strategies will probably sway 5 to 12 percent of Argentine voters on Sunday.” An example of vote buying during this election took place in Buenos Aires. Voters in this area were given the option to vote for particular candidates during the municipal elections in Tucumán. The Argentine citizens that actually promised had received “sacks stuffed with bottles of cooking oil, pasta and flour.”[23]

Results[edit]

Primary elections[edit]

Open primary elections for the Presidency were held nationwide on 9 August 2015. With this system, all parties run primary elections on a single ballot. All parties must take part in it, both the parties with internal factions and parties with a single candidate list. Citizens may vote for any candidate of any party, but may only cast a single vote. The most voted candidate of parties gaining 1.5% or higher of the valid votes advances to the general election.

Scioli led the field with 38.41% of the vote, nearly 8 percentage points ahead of Macri; both figures would have placed him close to the threshold for avoiding a ballotage. Sergio Massa finished third. Both Macri and Massa easily defeated their rivals in the primary elections; Scioli, Stolbizer and Rodríguez Saá were the single candidates of their respective parties. Nicolás del Caño defeated Altamira, and became the unexpected candidate for the Worker's Left Front.

Party Presidential candidate Running mate Candidate votes Overall votes
Votes % Votes %
Front for Victory (FPV) Daniel Scioli Carlos Zannini 8,720,573 100 8,720,573 36.69
Let's Change Mauricio Macri Gabriela Michetti 5,523,413 81.33 6,791,278 28.57
Ernesto Sanz Lucas Llach 753,825 11.10
Elisa Carrió Héctor Toty Flores 514,040 7.57
United for a New Alternative (UNA) Sergio Massa Gustavo Sáenz 3,230,887 69.64 4,639,405 19.52
José Manuel de la Sota Claudia Rucci 1,408,518 30.36
Progressives Margarita Stolbizer Miguel Ángel Olaviaga 769,316 100 781,472 3.29
Left and Worker's Front (FIT) Nicolás del Caño Myriam Bregman 375,874 51.29 732,851 3.08
Jorge Altamira Juan Carlos Giordano 356,977 48.71
Federal Commitment Adolfo Rodríguez Saá Liliana Negre de Alonso 472,341 100 472,341 1.99
People's Front Víctor De Gennaro Evangelina Codoni 106,324 100 106,324 0.45
Movement for Socialism (MAS) Manuela Castañeira Jorge Ayala 103,742 100 103,742 0.44
Workers' Socialist Movement - New Left Alejandro Bodart Vilma Ripoll 95,780 100 95,780 0.40
Popular Party Mauricio Yattah María Moretta 67,798 100 67,798 0.29
Neighbourhood Action Movement (MAV) Raúl Albarracín Gastón Dib 39,512 100 39,512 0.17
Blank votes 1,216,634 5.12
Total 23,767,710 100
Valid votes 23,767,710 98.94
Invalid votes 254,106 1.06
Total votes 24,021,816 100
Registered voters/turnout 32,067,641 74.91
Source:[24]

President[edit]

Then-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner casting her vote.

Opinion polls previous to the result suggested that Scioli would win by a wide margin, and might even be able to avoid a ballotage. However, the final results showed only a narrow lead for Scioli, with his 37.08% just ahead of Macri's 34.15%, leading to new elections on 22 November. Massa got the third place, with 21% of the vote, and both candidates sought to secure the voters that had voted for him. Both candidates were polarized on the opinion about the presidency of Cristina Kirchner: Scioli proposes to keep most of the Kirchnerite policies, and Macri to change them. In the legislative elections, the FPV lost the majority of the chamber of deputies, but keeps the majority of the senate.[25]

Scioli declined to attend the first leaders' debate previous to the elections, which was held between the other five candidates instead. When the ballotage was confirmed, he asked Macri for a presidential debate between both candidates, which was accepted.[26] Two debates were being organized: one by the NGO "Argentina debate", and another one by the TV news channel Todo Noticias. Macri preferred to take part in a single debate with Scioli, and opted for the one organized by Argentina Debate.[27]

Macri criticized Scioli for a negative campaigning launched by the Front for Victory.[28] Several politicians and state institutions run by the FPV released messages warning about terrible things that may happen if Macri was elected president.[29] Scioli claims that it was a campaign to encourage public awareness.[30] It is rumored that the campaign may have been suggested by the Brazilian João Santana, who organized a similar one in Brazil during the ballotage of Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves.[31]

The ballotage was held on 22 November. Daniel Scioli accepted his defeat when 70% of the votes were counted; the provisional results were 53% and 47% at that moment.[32] The distance between both candidates slowly narrowed in the following hours, leading to a smaller victory margin for Macri than most exit polls suggested.[33] Nevertheless, his victory ended the 12-year rule of Kirchnerism in the country.[34]

Macri owed his victory to Córdoba, the second-largest province, swinging dramatically to support him; he carried the province by over 930,000 votes in the second round, far exceeding his nationwide margin of 680,600 votes. Buenos Aires also swung hard to Macri, giving its mayor over 64 percent of the vote in the second round.

Presidential
candidate
Vice Presidential
candidate
Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Mauricio Macri Gabriela Michetti Let's Change 8,601,131 34.15 12,988,349 51.34
Daniel Scioli Carlos Zannini Front for Victory (FPV) 9,338,490 37.08 12,309,575 48.66
Sergio Massa Gustavo Sáenz United for a New Alternative (UNA) 5,386,977 21.39
Nicolás del Caño Myriam Bregman Left and Worker's Front (FIT) 812,530 3.23
Margarita Stolbizer Miguel Ángel Olaviaga Progressives 632,551 2.51
Adolfo Rodríguez Saá Liliana Negre de Alonso Federal Commitment (CF) 412,578 1.64
Total 25,184,257 100 25,297,924 100
Positive votes 25,184,257 96.68 25,297,924 97.54
Blank votes 664,740 2.55 306,471 1.18
Invalid votes 199,449 0.77 330,848 1.28
Total votes 26,048,446 100 25,935,243 100
Registered voters/turnout 32,130,853 81.07 32,108,509 80.77
Sources:[35][36][37]

Results by province, first round[edit]

Provinces won by Daniel Scioli
Provinces won by Mauricio Macri
Provinces won by Sergio Massa
Provinces won by Adolfo Rodriguez Saa
Daniel Scioli
FPV
Mauricio Macri
PRO
Sergio Massa
FR
Nicolas Del Caño
FIT
Margarita Stolbizer
Progresistas
Adolfo Rodriguez Saa
CF
Margin Province total
Province # % # % # % # % # % # % # % #
Buenos Aires 3,563,089 37.28 3,134,779 32.80 2,143,827 22.43 351,786 3.68 272,801 2.85 90,448 0.95 428,310 4.48 9,556,730
Capital Federal 476,632 24.09 1,001,379 50.61 302,065 15.27 84,238 4.26 100,462 5.08 13,856 0.70 -524,747 -26.52 1,978,632
Catamarca 98,831 44.84 78,958 35.82 35,046 15.90 3,447 1.56 2,419 1.10 1,718 0.78 19,873 9.02 220,419
Chaco 352,304 53.69 185,563 28.28 97,469 14.85 9,315 1.42 6,990 1.07 4,509 0.69 166,741 25.41 656,150
Chubut 121,314 41.67 62,142 21.34 86,026 29.55 10,439 3.59 8,466 2.91 2,749 0.94 35,288 12.12 291,136
Cordoba 418,221 19.26 1,155,333 53.22 443,204 20.41 69,051 3.18 38,998 1.80 46,235 2.13 -712,129 -32.81 2,171,042
Corrientes 313,292 50.26 198,241 31.81 95,106 15.26 6,824 1.09 6,487 1.04 3,342 0.54 115,051 18.45 623,292
Entre Rios 313,022 37.64 314,057 37.76 164,799 19.81 14,420 1.73 17,501 2.10 7,925 0.95 -1,035 -0.12 831,724
Formosa 217,026 66.98 48,742 15.04 53,817 16.61 2,615 0.81 1,116 0.34 696 0.21 163,209 50.94 324,012
Jujuy 152,345 37.58 69,882 17.24 168,571 41.59 9,564 2.36 3,144 0.78 1,846 0.46 -16,226 -4.01 405,352
La Pampa 79,963 37.94 70,783 33.59 45,465 21.57 5,332 2.53 5,509 2.61 3,704 1.76 9,180 4.35 210,756
La Rioja 73,527 36.32 64,106 31.67 52,492 25.93 3,403 1.68 2,199 1.09 6,706 3.31 9,421 4.65 202,433
Mendoza 341,163 31.36 443,913 40.81 156,503 14.39 82,734 7.61 15,698 1.44 47,874 4.40 -102,750 -9.45 1,087,885
Misiones 403,671 61.11 149,940 22.70 90,464 13.70 5,809 0.88 8,244 1.25 2,392 0.36 253,731 48.41 660,520
Neuquen 132,691 35.74 103,860 27.97 98,061 26.41 20,055 5.40 9,883 2.66 6,745 1.82 28,831 7.77 371,295
Rio Negro 179,872 45.20 89,103 22.39 96,769 24.32 15,506 3.90 11,119 2.79 5,604 1.41 83,103 20.88 397,973
Salta 292,699 40.98 146,875 20.56 242,704 33.98 19,036 2.66 7,506 1.05 5,498 0.77 49,995 7.00 714,318
San Juan 192,377 45.96 86,920 20.76 111,444 26.62 6,127 1.46 7,264 1.74 14,470 3.46 80,933 19.34 418,602
San Luis 43,442 15.58 86,225 30.93 37,810 13.56 4,947 1.77 3,702 1.33 102,684 36.83 -16,459 -5.90 278,810
Santa Cruz 82,595 47.06 44,880 25.57 39,626 22.58 5,533 3.15 2,064 1.18 794 0.45 37,715 21.49 175,492
Santa Fe 640,924 31.77 712,100 35.29 500,897 24.83 53,801 2.67 79,721 3.95 30,168 1.50 71,176 -3.52 2,017,611
Santiago del Estero 351,388 63.13 81,825 14.70 107,427 19.30 8,099 1.46 5,268 0.95 2,595 0.47 243,961 43.83 556,602
Tierra Del Fuego 42,049 45.52 20,226 21.90 21,601 23.39 4,055 4.39 2,978 3.22 1,458 1.58 20,448 22.13 92,367
Tucuman 456,053 48.46 251,299 26.70 195,784 20.80 16,394 1.74 13,012 1.38 8,562 0.91 204,754 21.76 941,104
Totals: 9,338,490 37.08 8,601,131 34.15 5,386,977 21.39 812,530 3.23 632.551 2.51 412,578 1.64 737,359 2.93 25,184,257

Results by province, second round[edit]

Provinces won by Mauricio Macri
Provinces won by Daniel Scioli
Mauricio Macri
PRO
Daniel Scioli
FPV
Margin Province total
Province # % # % # % #
Buenos Aires 4,662,935 48.85 4,882,082 51.15 -219,147 -2.30 9,545,017
Capital Federal 1,258,151 64.80 683,545 35.20 574,606 29.60 1,941,696
Catamarca 102,440 46.86 116,158 53.14 -13,718 -6.28 218,598
Chaco 278,001 40.81 403,280 59.19 -125,279 -18.38 681,281
Chubut 130,163 41.15 186,155 58.85 -55,992 -17.70 316,318
Cordoba 1,546,831 71.52 616,002 28.48 930,829 43.04 2,162,833
Corrientes 286,345 44.64 355,119 55.36 -68,774 -10.72 641,464
Entre Rios 453,149 53.86 388,219 46.14 64,930 7.72 841,368
Formosa 116,725 36.08 206,762 63.92 -90,037 -27.84 323,487
Jujuy 214,429 52.89 190,959 47.11 23,470 5.78 405,388
La Pampa 108,543 51.03 104,169 48.97 4,374 2.06 212,712
La Rioja 114,963 56.50 88,502 43.50 16,461 13.00 203,465
Mendoza 625,983 57.53 462,186 42.47 163,797 15.06 1,088,169
Misiones 280,762 41.93 388,910 58.07 -108,148 -16.14 669,672
Neuquen 177,935 47.15 199,425 52.85 -21,490 -5.70 377,360
Rio Negro 148,087 37.14 250,621 62.86 -102,534 -25.72 398,708
Salta 323,818 44.77 399,518 55.23 -75,700 -10.46 723,336
San Juan 175,377 40.20 260,937 59.80 -85,560 -19.60 463,314
San Luis 178,156 64.13 99,667 35.87 78,489 28.26 277,823
Santa Cruz 72,876 41.67 102,003 58.33 -29,127 -16.66 174,879
Santa Fe 1,141,121 55.72 906,826 44.28 234,295 11.44 2,047,947
Santiago del Estero 154,955 27.91 400,331 72.09 -245,376 -44.18 555,286
Tierra Del Fuego 38,407 41.34 54,503 58.66 -16,096 -17.32 92,910
Tucuman 398,197 41.40 563,696 58.60 -165,499 -17.20 961,893
Totals: 12,988,349 51.34 12,309,575 48.66 678,774 2.68 25,297,924

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Party Votes % Seats won
Front for Victory (FPV) 8,765,438 37.39 60
Let's Change 8,230,605 35.11 47
United for a New Alternative (UNA) 4,115,826 17.56 17
Left and Worker's Front (FIT) 982,953 4.19 1
Progressives 803,610 3.43 2
Federal Commitment (CF) 275,047 1.17 2
We Are All Chubut 85,730 0.37 1
Self-determination and Freedom (AyL) 68,248 0.29
Neuquén People's Movement (MPN) 56,315 0.24
Popular Project 30,734 0.13
Renewal Crusade 7,442 0.03
Fueguian People's Movement (MOPOF) 5,608 0.02
Communist Party (PC) 4,622 0.02
Party for Culture, Education and Work 3,681 0.02
Citizens to Govern Party 2,864 0.01
Patagonian Social Party (PSP) 2,832 0.01
New October 1,107 0.00
Total 23,442,662 100 130
Positive votes 23,442,662 90.00
Blank votes 2,418,716 9.29
Invalid votes 185,268 0.71
Total votes 26,046,646 100
Registered voters/turnout 32,130,853 81.06
Sources:[38][37]

Results by province[edit]

Province FPV Let's Change UNA Others
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Buenos Aires 3,354,619 37.28 14 3,037,552 33.75 12 1,888,415 20.98 8 718,984 7.99 1
Buenos Aires City 437,380 22.37 3 895,391 45.80 6 280,213 14.33 2 342,012 17.49 1
Catamarca 97,349 50.49 1 77,507 40.20 1 17,949 9.31
Chaco 343,023 53.75 2 179,386 28.11 1 92,247 14.46 23,487 3.68
Chubut 103,460 42.44 2 46,281 18.99 94,033 38.57 1
Córdoba 385,387 18.10 2 1,061,135 49.83 5 449,656 21.12 2 233,240 10.95
Corrientes 292,296 51.97 3 183,856 32.69 1 86,282 15.34
Entre Ríos 308,742 42.30 2 300,024 41.11 2 121,085 16.59
Formosa 219,585 72.79 2 82,095 27.21 1
Jujuy 128,738 37.75 1 194,051 56.90 2 18,242 5.35
La Pampa 81,040 46.11 1 69,666 39.64 1 20,965 11.93 4,087 2.33
La Rioja 73,487 41.46 1 90,900 51.29 2 12,845 7.25
Mendoza 315,587 29.97 2 434,058 41.22 3 135,622 12.88 167,870 15.94
Misiones 391,913 65.98 4 126,136 21.24 44,065 7.42 31,841 5.36
Neuquén 97,301 28.67 1 85,246 25.11 1 61,146 18.01 95,743 28.21
Río Negro 161,690 57.74 2 85,076 30.38 1 33,286 11.89
Salta 273,989 41.78 2 154,755 23.60 1 184,185 28.09 1 42,868 6.54
San Juan 214,238 55.40 2 59,789 15.46 105,267 27.22 1 7,442 1.92
San Luis 32,397 13.65 54,321 22.89 150,616 63.46 2
Santa Cruz 70,603 46.30 1 75,019 49.19 1 6,879 4.51
Santa Fe 595,616 31.46 4 576,749 30.47 3 415,889 21.97 2 304,738 16.10 1
Santiago del Estero 341,207 65.67 3 78,758 15.16 99,586 19.17 1
Tierra del Fuego 32,869 42.01 2 14,557 18.61 1 13,974 17.86 16,835 21.52
Tucumán 412,922 51.22 3 268,297 33.28 2 99,280 12.31 25,745 3.19
Total 8,765,438 37.39 60 8,230,605 35.11 47 4,115,826 17.56 17 2,330,793 9.94 6

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats won
Let's Change 2,770,410 38.81 9
Front for Victory (FPV) 2,336,037 32.72 13
United for a New Alternative (UNA) 1,203,709 16.86 1
Progressives 324,636 4.55
Left and Worker's Front (FIT) 302,525 4.24
Federal Commitment (CF) 115,762 1.62
We Are All Chubut 85,396 1.20 1
Total 7,138,475 100 24
Positive votes 7,138,475 91.10
Blank votes 621,928 7.94
Invalid votes 75,400 0.96
Total votes 7,835,803 100
Registered voters/turnout 9,815,549 79.83
Sources:[39][37]

Results by province[edit]

Province FPV Let's Change UNA Others
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Catamarca 97,872 50.65 2 77,091 39.89 1 18,283 9.46
Chubut 103,830 42.51 2 46,664 19.11 93,747 38.38 1
Córdoba 388,712 18.27 1,068,903 50.23 2 449,244 21.11 1 221,187 10.39
Corrientes 302,495 53.01 2 186,462 32.67 1 81,723 14.32
La Pampa 81,064 45.85 2 69,983 39.58 1 21,494 12.16 4,275 2.42
Mendoza 322,569 30.53 1 452,990 42.87 2 134,403 12.72 146,686 13.88
Santa Fe 616,146 32.00 2 570,060 29.61 1 398,980 20.72 339,982 17.66
Tucumán 423,349 50.18 2 298,257 35.35 1 99,582 11.80 22,442 2.66
Total 2,336,037 32.72 13 2,770,410 38.81 9 1,203,709 16.86 1 828,319 11.60 1

Mercosur Parliament[edit]

This was the first and only time members for the Mercosur Parliament were directly elected. Since 2019 they are elected by the Congress.

Party National parliamentarians Provincial parliamentarians Total
seats
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Front for Victory (FPV) 8,922,609 37.46 8 8,653,633 37.58 18 26
Let's Change 8,105,307 34.03 7 8,132,741 35.32 5 12
United for a New Alternative (UNA) 4,723,218 19.83 4 4,004,348 17.39 4
Left and Worker's Front (FIT) 930,838 3.91 943,972 4.10
Progressives 726,699 3.05 738,934 3.21
Federal Commitment (CF) 409,094 1.72 249,134 1.08 1 1
We Are All Chubut 85,694 0.37
Self-determination and Freedom (AyL) 60,073 0.26
Neuquén People's Movement (MPN) 53,084 0.23
Radical Civic Union (UCR) 52,287 0.23
Popular Project 30,902 0.13
Fueguian People's Movement (MOPOF) 4,555 0.02
Party for Culture, Education and Work 4,191 0.02
Communist Party (PC) 4,051 0.02
Patagonian Social Party (PSP) 3,319 0.01
Citizens let's Govern Party 2,764 0.01
New October 1,016 0.00
Total 23,817,765 100 19 23,024,698 100 24 43
Positive votes 23,817,765 91.44 23,024,698 88.40
Blank votes 2,039,605 7.83 2,836,446 10.89
Invalid votes 191,145 0.73 185,502 0.71
Total votes 26,048,515 100 26,046,646 100
Registered voters/turnout 32,130,853 81.07 32,130,853 81.06
Sources:[40][41]

Provincial governors[edit]

On 25 October elections numerous provinces also elected governors, with the new ones beginning their terms on 10 December 2015. These provinces were Buenos Aires province, Catamarca, Chubut, Entre Ríos, Formosa, Jujuy, La Pampa, Misiones, San Juan, San Luis and Santa Cruz, encompassing 11 of the country's 23 provinces. The other provinces elected governors in different days of 2015; the only exceptions were Corrientes and Santiago del Estero whose governors' terms were not due to finish in 2015.[42]

María Eugenia Vidal was elected governor of the populous Buenos Aires Province, defeating the controversial Aníbal Fernández; her victory influenced as well the growth of Macri in the presidential elections. Similarly, the unpopular Fernández may have subtracted non-Kirchnerite votes from Scioli.[42] The victory was considered significant given that Fernández was the incumbent Cabinet Chief of the Kirchner administration, and that Vidal was directly replacing Daniel Scioli's post as governor of the province.[43] It is made more significant as she is the first female governor of the province, and the first non-Peronist governor since 1987. The Republican Proposal also retained the city of Buenos Aires, that elected Horacio Rodríguez Larreta as the new mayor.[42] The PRO stronghold had gone to a second round between Larreta and Martín Lousteau (also of the Cambiemos front, but not in the same party) after the Front for Victory's Mariano Recalde finished third.[44] Juan Schiaretti won the elections in Córdoba, and he is the single governor of the UNA ticket.[42] The socialist Miguel Lifschitz was elected governor of Santa Fe, after a controversial triple tie with the PJ and PRO. Carlos Verna was reelected governor of La Pampa.[42]

The votes in Entre Ríos had a slow count. During a week, the provisional results suggested that Gustavo Bordet may be the new governor of Entre Ríos, but Alfredo de Angeli claimed that the uncounted votes may turn the tide and make him the winner instead.[45] The final results were released on 30 October, confirming the victory of Bordet. In Misiones, Hugo Passalacqua, vice governor of Maurice Closs was elected governor by a wide margin.[42]

Rosana Bertone was elected governor of Tierra del Fuego. The radical Eduardo Costa got the higher number of votes in Santa Cruz, but Alicia Kirchner was elected governor, thanks to the Ley de Lemas. The former governor of Chubut Mario Das Neves was elected again. Neuquén and Río Negro elected Omar Gutiérrez and Alberto Weretilneck, who ran for local parties.[42]

Mendoza provided an early victory for the opposition, by the radical Alfredo Cornejo. Alberto Rodríguez Saá was elected governor of San Luis once again. The Front for Victory retained the provinces of San Juan and La Rioja, with Sergio Uñac and Sergio Casas.[42]

Lucía Corpacci was reelected in Catamarca and Gildo Insfrán was reelected in Formosa. In Chaco, Domingo Peppo was elected governor. Juan Manuel Urtubey got an important victory in Salta against Romero, and kept the province for the FPV. The radical Gerardo Morales was elected governor of Jujuy, the first non-Peronist one since the return of democracy in 1983. He expects to have a tense relation with the populist Milagro Sala. Juan Luis Manzur was elected governor of Tucumán, but the denounces of electoral fraud became a national scandal. The elections were first declared null by local judge, and then ratified by the local Supreme Court. The case is currently held by the national Supreme Court.[42][46][47]

International reaction[edit]

Americas[edit]

  •  Brazil – Despite the ruling Workers' party having supported Scioli during the campaign, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff congratulated Macri and invited him to a state visit "as soon as possible", while she is also set to attend Macri's inauguration as president. The pair have stated that improving bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as strengthening the Mercosur trade bloc.[48]
  •  Chile – Chilean president Michelle Bachelet contacted Macri by phone and spoke about the importance for both countries which can maintain the spirit of cooperation, integration and development which characterizes their common history and the importance of further work for Latin America.[49]
  •  Colombia – Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos expressed "Congratulations to Mauricio Macri for his victory in presidential elections in Argentina. Successes in his management. It has our full support".[50]
  •  Ecuador – Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa congratulated Macri for his victory and wished him "the best of luck". While commenting on the presidencies of the Kirchners, he stated that "12 years ago Argentina was reborn like a phoenix, after neoliberalism had left it in ashes" whilst thanking the incumbent Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.[51]
  •  Mexico – Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto stated that "Mexico will work with" Macri's government to strengthen "bilateral relations and the wellbeing of Latin America".[52]
  •  Peru – Peruvian President Ollanta Humala contacted with Macri in order to congratulate him on his election victory and point out that the Peruvian Government has "strong will" to strengthen ties with his country, reported the Peruvian Foreign Ministry.[53]
  •  United States – The United States Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the country for its "successful elections", adding that he was "looking forward to working closely" with Macri and his government.[54] Meanwhile, United States Ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet wished Macri well.[52] Members of the United States House of Representatives later asked Barack Obama in a letter to prioritise US-Argentine relations during 2016, stating that "The United States and Argentina should be natural partners. Both have highly educated populations, diversified economies and vast natural resources" and calling such a relationship a "win-win" for both countries. The letter also stressed the importance of reversing high levels of anti-americanism in the country and resolving the holdout problem with the Vulture Funds, among other key issues.[55] Obama later congratulated Macri personally, while an official White House statement confirmed that the President intends to strengthen ties.[56]
  •  Uruguay – Uruguayan president Tabaré Vázquez greeted Mauricio Macri in a telephone interview for his victory in presidential runoff and asked him to convey the congratulations to the people of Argentina for the civic maturity demonstrated during the election.[57]
  •  Venezuela – On 23 November, Venezuela's opposition hailed Macri's presidential win in Argentina as a blow for leftists in Latin America and a good omen for their own duel with "Chavismo" in next month's parliamentary vote. "That was a big disappointment for Venezuela's ruling socialist "Chavismo" movement, which had a close political alliance with Fernández."[58] Diosdado Cabello called Macri a "fascist", and asked him to stay away of Venezuelan internal affairs, as Macri had proposed to remove Venezuela from the Mercosur because of the treatment to Leopoldo López and other political prisoners.[59]

Asia[edit]

  •  China – "China congratulates Mr. Macri on being elected as the new Argentinean president and wishes the Argentinean people new achievements in their national development," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular press briefing.[60]
  •  Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he hopes ties between two countries to strengthen, invites Mauricio Macri to visit Israel.[61]

Europe[edit]

  •  France – French President François Hollande sent a telegram to Macri and expressed "We will have the opportunity at that time to deepen our dialogue and our bilateral relationship that is one of the densest known to the Latin American continent". Hollande also confirmed a state visit to Argentina in February 2016.[62]
  •  Germany – German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Macri and requested that he make a state visit. She added that the two countries have "always been deeply tied", particularly in the area of science which she deemed "one of the pillars" of the two countries' relations. Merkel also remarked that she would be "thankful" if the countries could strengthen cooperation "in all areas".[63]
  •  Italy – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called Macri on the night of his victory and stated that he will meet soon with the new president to "open a new page of collaboration between the two countries". He also highlighted the historical and cultural ties between the two countries, stating that "it is the country with the largest presence of Italian citizens in the world", numbering some 900,000. The Cambiemos victory also provoked much reaction in the domestic Italian press.[64]
  •  Russia – In a telegram to Macri, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his hopes that the two countries will continue to increase the "bilateral cooperation within diverse areas and the coordination of efforts to resolve current occurrences within the international agenda", adding that "the fundamental intesests of the people of Russia and Argentina contribute to guarantee the stability and security of Latin America and the world", while reminding Macri that the countries had recently celebrated 130 years of diplomatic relations. Putin also made reference to the ongoing nuclear power and hydrocarbon extraction projects between the countries.[65]
  •  Spain – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has a close relationship with Macri, congratulated him and invited him to carry out a state visit "as soon as possible", stating that he is confident that the new government will "lead this new stage with success" while offering "the necessary support to consolidate the historical ties of friendship, fraternity and cooperation". The relationship between Spain and Argentina had become increasingly tense under the presidency of Cristina Kirchner, particularly after the Renationalization of YPF in 2012.[66]
  •  United Kingdom – UK Prime Minister David Cameron called Macri to congratulate him and offered his support for his presidency. A Downing Street spokesperson stated that "both leaders expect to meet in the near future", emphasising trade relations and investments, while also prioritising the establishment of a free trade agreement between MERCOSUR and the European Union "as soon as possible".[67]

Financial sector[edit]

The MERVAL index climbed 28% to record highs in the four weeks leading up to the run-off, largely attributed to a potential Cambiemos victory, though this dropped 3% on the day following the election.[68] JPMorgan lowered Argentina's risk index by 16% on the day following the election, to levels not seen since 2011, while Argentine bonds increased across the board.[69] Similarly, Moody's raised the country's outlook from "stable" to "positive" following the election.[70]

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