Argentine general election, 2015

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Argentine presidential election, 2015
2011 ←
25 October 2015 → 2019

  Daniel Scioli (cropped).jpg Mauricio Macri (cropped).jpg Sergio Massa (cropped).jpg
Nominee Daniel Scioli Mauricio Macri Sergio Massa
Party Justicialist Party PRO Renewal Front
Alliance Front for Victory Cambiemos UNA
Home state Buenos Aires City of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Running mate Carlos Zannini Gabriela Michetti Gustavo Sáenz

  Margarita Stolbizer (cropped).jpg Nicolás Del Caño (cropped).jpg Adolfo Rodriguez Saá (cropped).JPG
Nominee Margarita Stolbizer Nicolás del Caño Adolfo Rodríguez Saá
Party GEN PTS Federal Peronism
Alliance Progressives Workers' Left Front Federal Compromise
Home state Buenos Aires Mendoza San Luis
Running mate Miguel Ángel Olaviaga Myriam Bregman Liliana Negre de Alonso

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President before election

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Elected President


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A general election (i.e. both presidential and legislative) will be held in Argentina on 25 October 2015, with a second round of voting due to take place, if required, on 22 November.[1] This follows primary elections which were held on 9 August 2015. The last Argentine presidential election took place on 23 October 2011, whilst legislative elections were last held on 27 October 2013.[2]


The President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was re-elected in 2011. As the Constitution of Argentina does not allow more than two consecutives term in a row, several politicians from the Front for Victory (FPV) proposed an amendment of the constitution to allow unlimited re-elections. This proposal was heavily resisted by the opposition parties, and the FPV could not reach the required two-thirds majority in the Congress. The mid-term 2013 elections ceased the projects for an amendment, because the FPV could not approach the necessary supermajority with the new members of the Congress.[3] With Cristina Kirchner unable to run, three candidates lead the opinion polls: Daniel Scioli, Sergio Massa and Mauricio Macri.[4]

Initially, the Front for Victory had several precandidates to the presidency, but only Daniel Scioli and Florencio Randazzo had good reception in the opinion polls. Scioli was resisted by factions of the party, who did not consider him truly loyal to the president. All the minor candidates resigned when Cristina Kirchner requested them to do so.[5] Randazzo resigned as well some weeks before the primary elections, leaving Scioli as the sole precandidate of the FPV.[6] Randazzo did not accept to run for governor of the Buenos Aires province, which had primary elections between minister Aníbal Fernández and Julián Domínguez.[7] Fernández won the local primary elections.

Sergio Massa, a former Kirchnerist chief of cabinet, won the 2013 elections with the Renewal Front and had a support in the populous Buenos Aires province. Most of the mayors who had left the FPV to join him returned to the FPV, and he gradually declined in the opinion polls.[8] He created the coalition United for a New Alternative, joined by the governor of Córdoba José Manuel de la Sota. Adolfo Rodríguez Saá refused to join the coalition, and ran in a separate party instead.[9]

Mauricio Macri, from the Republican Proposal, is 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.[10] An internal congress of the Radical Civic Union decided to do so as well, and proposing Ernesto Sanz as their precandidate.[11] 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.[12]

The primary elections were held on August 9. Mauricio Macri and Sergio Massa won the internal elections of their respective coalitions. On a global level, Daniel Scioli got the 38% of the vote, followed by Macri with 30% and Massa with 20%.[13]


Several scandals 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.[14]

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.[14]

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 flood 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.[14]

Presidential candidates[edit]

The following galleries feature individuals who have been confirmed as presidential candidates for their respective parties and electoral coalitions following primary elections on 9 August 2015.[15][16]

Party or coalition Photo Candidate Running mate Candidates defeated in primary elections Percentage in primaries Percentage in the main elections
Front for Victory Daniel Scioli en Merlo.jpg Daniel Scioli Carlos Zannini None 38.41%
Cambiemos Mauricio Macri Foto de Prensa2.jpg Mauricio Macri Gabriela Michetti Elisa Carrió
Ernesto Sanz
United for a New Alternative Sergio Massa (1).jpg Sergio Massa Gustavo Sáenz José Manuel de la Sota 20.63%
Progresistas Margarita Stolbizer (cropped).jpg Margarita Stolbizer Miguel Ángel Olaviaga None 3.51%
Workers' Left Front Nicolás Del Caño (cropped).jpg Nicolás del Caño Myriam Bregman Jorge Altamira 3.31%
Federal Commitment Adolfo Rodriguez Saá (cropped).JPG Adolfo Rodríguez Saá Liliana Negre de Alonso None 2.11%

Other parties[edit]

The following parties and their candidates did not secure enough votes in the primaries to be able to run for the presidential elections.

Congressional elections[edit]

Argentine Senate election, 2015
2013 ←
25 October 2015 → 2017

  Majority party Minority party Third party
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Leader Miguel Ángel Pichetto Luis Petcoff Naidenoff TBD
Party FPV-PJ Cambiemos FP-PJ
Leader since 2001 2011 2015
Leader's seat Río Negro Formosa TBD
Seats before 39
at stake: 8
at stake: 12
at stake: 2

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Pino Solanas (Guadalajara Film Festival).jpg RobertoGustavoBasualdo.jpg
Leader Fernando Solanas Roberto Basualdo TBD
Party Progresistas UNA-PJ WLF
Leader since 2013 2013 2015
Leader's seat Córdoba San Juan TBD
Seats before 4
at stake: 2
at stake: 0

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Senate Majority Leader before election

Miguel Ángel Pichetto

Elected Senate Majority Leader


Argentine Deputies election, 2015
2013 ←
25 October 2015 → 2017

  Majority party Minority party Third party
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Leader TBD Mario Negri Mario Das Neves
Party FPV-PJ Cambiemos UNA-PJ
Leader since 2015 2013 2013
Leader's seat TBD Cordoba Chubut
Seats before 132
at stake: 84
at stake: 21
at stake: 8

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Juan Zabalza Lino Aguilar Néstor Pitrola
Party Progresistas FP-PJ WLF
Leader since 2011 2013 2013
Leader's seat Santa Fe San Luis Buenos Aires
Seats before 14
at stake: 9
at stake: 3
at stake: 0

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Chamber of Deputies
Majority Leader before election

Juliana Di Tullio

Elected Chamber of Deputies
Majority Leader



Party/Affiliation Total seats Seats not up Seats up
Front for Victory & Allies 39 31 8
Justicialist PartyFront for Victory 32 28 4
Civic Front for Santiago 2 2 0
Justicialist Party—La Pampa 2 0 2
Front for Integration 2 0 2
Popular Front 1 1 0
Cambiemos 20 8 12
Radical Civic Union 10 3 7
Union PRO 2 2 0
Civic and Social Front of Catamarca 2 0 2
Cordoba Civic Front 2 0 2
Civic Coalition ARI 1 1 0
Unión por Chaco 1 1 0
Union For Entre Ríos 1 1 0
Liberal Party of Corrientes 1 0 1
Federal Peronism & Allies 5 3 2
Justicialist PartyFederal Commitment 2 2 0
Justicialist October 8 1 1 0
Santa Fe Federal 1 0 1
Federalismo Santafesino 1 0 1
Progresistas 4 2 2
Proyecto Sur 1 1 0
Generation for a National Encounter 1 1 0
Socialist Party 1 0 1
Frente de Todos 1 0 1
United for a New Alternative 1 1 0
Producción y Trabajo 1 1 0
Others 3 3 0
Neuquén People's Movement 2 2 0
Fueguino People's Movement 1 1 0
Total 72 48 24

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Party/Affiliation Total seats Seats not up Seats up
Front for Victory & Allies 132 48 84
Justicialist PartyFront for Victory 119 42 77
Civic Front for Santiago 7 3 4
New Encounter Front 3 1 2
Justicialist Party—La Pampa 1 1 0
Popular Solidarity Movement 1 1 0
Front for Social Inclusion 1 0 1
Cambiemos 68 47 21
Radical Civic Union 36 23 13
Union PRO 18 14 4
Civic Coalition ARI 3 3 0
Civic and Social Front of Catamarca 2 2 0
Sum + 2 2 0
Cordoba Civic Front 2 0 2
Popular Conservative Party 1 1 0
Liberal Party of Corrientes 1 1 0
Union For Entre Ríos 1 1 0
Democratic Party (Mendoza) 1 0 1
UDESO Salta 1 0 1
United for a New Alternative 28 20 8
Justicialist PartyRenewal Front 17 13 4
Alliance Union of Cordoba 3 3 0
Work and Dignity 2 2 0
Culture, Education and Work 2 1 1
Unión Celeste y Blanco 1 1 0
Peronismo Más Al Sur 1 0 1
Unir 1 0 1
Bloque Fe 1 0 1
Progresistas 14 5 9
Socialist Party 8 3 5
Generation for a National Encounter 4 1 3
Proyecto Sur 1 1 0
Freemen of the South Movement 1 0 1
Federal Peronism & Allies 5 2 3
Justicialist PartyFederal Commitment 5 2 3
Workers' Left Front 3 3 0
Workers' PartyWorkers' Left Front 2 2 0
Socialist Workers' PartyWorkers' Left Front 1 1 0
Popular Path 3 0 3
Popular Path 3 0 3
Others 4 2 2
Neuquén People's Movement 3 2 1
Fueguino People's Movement 1 0 1
Total 257 127 130


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  2. ^ "Country Profile: Argentina". IFES. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
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  11. ^ "El radicalismo aprobó la alianza con Macri y Carrió" [Radicalism approved the alliance with Macri and Carrió] (in Spanish). La Nación. March 15, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Stolbizer, a Macri: "Es una salida demagógica decir 'si asumo levanto el cepo'"" [Stolbizer, to Macri: "It is demagogic to say 'If I'm president I will crease the restrictions'"] (in Spanish). Clarín. March 25, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
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  15. ^ Quiénes siguen en carrera a la Casa Rosada - La Nacion, 9 August 2015.
  16. ^ Elecciones Argentinas - Direccion Nacional Electoral, 10 August 2015.

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