Does the strong Mendoza win boost Macri’s October odds?
The ruling Cambiemos coalition’s strong gubernatorial win last Sunday in Mendoza province — the country’s fifth-most populated district, and one of many in which Alberto Fernández defeated President Mauricio Macri in the presidential primaries — has bolstered spirits amid government sympathizers, with less than a month to go before the October 27 presidential election.
Slogans like “the election did not happen” and “we can turn it around” were heard this week across the country as Macri launched his “Yes We Can” tour through 30 cities. In a radio appearance promoting the tour, the president compared his situation after the wide defeat in August’s presidential primaries to that of his football team Boca Juniors, which lost the first leg of the coveted continental cup semi-final against arch-rivals River Plate.
But are these hopes realistic or is the message mostly aimed at lifting the morale of its core supporters in a mostly unfavorable scenario?