LN – In a rarefied climate, Corrientes elects governor and Valdés seeks his re-election

Today’s in Currents it will be a crucial choice. Not just because governor is elected, but also because the political effect of the shot that on Thursday night wounded the Peronist deputy Miguel Airas, in a closing proselytizing event in Tapebicuá, near Paso de los Libres.

That attack corrupted the calm – even verbal – in which the entire campaign took place. Its consequences, if any, will be known upon scrutiny.

But the election in Corrientes will also have another condiment that makes it gravitate at the national level: the positive projection that a governor’s triumph Gustavo Valdes could have about Together for Change ahead of the primary elections on September 12.

What are the four hypotheses being investigated in the attack on the Corrientes deputy

The governor of Corrientes, if he is re-elected, could give an endorsement of national radicalism, and the Buenos Aires in particular and, by extension, raise the self-esteem of the opposing front ahead of the September and November elections.

Several political referents of radicalism assured their presence in Corrientes for tonight, to be part of the photo of the triumph. The first to confirm was the first candidate for deputy of the Buenos Aires radicalism, Facundo Manes.

The governor, meanwhile, silence was called. The last time Valdés spoke was on Friday morning to stand in solidarity with the Frente de Todos for the attack suffered by Deputy Arias. Now you wait with your mouth shut because you know that it is your best strategy: try not to add any grain of sand to the dust that raised the Tapebicuá episode. Although there are lines of investigation that move away from what the Frente de Todos called “political violence” or “political attack”, for the moment nothing is conclusive.

The candidates and referents of the local Peronism, meanwhile, spent the last hours traveling the lifeline of criticism and anchored to a rarefied climate that was decreasing in intensity as it became evident that One thing is the attack on the legislator and another is the electoral benefit of that situation.

However, there is an objective question: that Thursday’s shooting shattered the civility that was not seen for a long time in the Corrientes electoral campaigns. For this reason, there are not a few spokespersons who say that the objective was met: tarnish an exemplary process to also fade the overwhelming advantage that Valdés could take from his competitor.

The electoral offer

As the hours passed, the bombastic effects of the attack began to subside, the electoral operations accelerated and the tranquility returned to the foreground, beyond the state of shock that is still perceived given the seriousness of the event.

The arrival of deputy Miguel Arias to the General San Martín school hospital, the most complex in the province.

The arrival of deputy Miguel Arias to the General San Martín school hospital, the most complex in the province. (telam /)

In this unexpected context, Corrientes will then face his election to governor in the midst of the pandemic. There is more of 868,000 qualified people from Corrientes to elect governor, vice, five senators and 15 provincial deputies, mayors and councilors in 57 municipalities. It is a polarized competition between the ruling alliance ECO + Vamos Corrientes) that nominates Valdés, and the national senator Pedro Braillard Poccard; and the alliance Front of All which has the current manager of the Aña Cua Dam as the main candidate, the engineer Fabian Rios, former mayor of the capital, and the provincial senator Martín Barrionuevo.

The greatest expectation of the election is deposited in the capital, where the current mayor, the radical Eduardo Tassano, will seek to retain the commune, event that has no historical background. Opposite is the current lieutenant governor Gustavo Canteros, that produced one of the most transcendent political events in Corrientes in recent years by jump from the ECO alliance to the opposing PC.

Corrientes elects governor this year because It is one of the two provinces that has an outdated electoral calendar, product of successive federal interventions. The other is Santiago del Estero, who will elect governor in November, along with the national elections.

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