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Argentina: Fernández de Kirchner Wins First-Ever Open Primary

August 15, 2011 By Staff

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Top Story— In Argentina’s first-ever open and simultaneous presidential primary Sunday, exit polls showed that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner led her nine rivals, but it was too early to tell who would come in second to challenge her in the October general election. Sunday’s exit polls showed that Fernández de Kirchner held over 45 percent of the vote with Argentine Senator Ricardo Alfonsín and former President Eduardo Duhalde battling for second place. To avoid a runoff in the general election in October, the winner must get at least 45 percent of the vote, or more than 40 percent with a 10 percentage point lead over the second-place finisher in a race with multiple candidates. Sunday’s obligatory primary  is meant to deepen Argentina’s democracy by forcing all the political parties to allow voters to choose candidates for president and vice president.

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