Can the government hold on to Buenos Aires city?
After Mauricio Macri’s defeat in the PASO primaries, all eyes are focused on the City of Buenos Aires, the only district currently governed by Juntos por el Cambio where the ruling coalition won in August.
Despite the win, Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta is facing a more complex situation than expected: a run-off with his Frente de Todos contender, Matías Lammens, seems less unlikely than before Alberto Fernández’s landslide national victory, which surprised even the most optimistic Peronist forecasters.
If the current BA City mayor manages to be re-elected, he could stand to become a leader of the opposition to Alberto Fernández. If he loses, Macri will no longer have his electoral stronghold, where his PRO party ruled for twelve years and which he used as a launch pad into national politics.