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ARGENTINA | 01-04-2019 10:28

San Juan governor Sergio Uñac secures primaries win against Macri candidate

Uñac received 203,118 votes, or 55.83 percent, against his nearest rival Marcelo Orrego who scored 33.47 percent.

The Governor of San Juan province, Sergio Uñac, on Sunday moved one step closer to reelection in the Andean province after securing a sizeable win in the province's primaries race against President Mauricio Macri's candidate.

Uñac received 203,118 votes, or 55.83 percent, against his nearest rival Marcelo Orrego who scored 33.47 percent.

With 95 percent of votes tallied, Uñac had won in 18 of the province's 19 municipalities. Voter turn out was 76 percent, according to the provincial Electoral College.

Orrego is an ally of Mauricio Macri in the arid province. His loss is the third defeat of its kind since the start of the year, after Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition candidates failed to meet expectations in La Pampa and Neuquén provinces.

"The challenge is to understand that we have not one anything. Democracy and San Juan have won", Uñac told a crowd of supporters, where he called for them to rally behind his candidacy on June 2.

"This primaries race has given us and the opposition a big lesson", he added.

Uñac congratulated his opponent, suggesting "we have had a great, clean, honest and respectful election".

The June 2 vote in San Juan will determine the governorship and vice-governorship, 36 provincial legislature seats, as well as mayorships and council seats in the province's 19 departments.

Uñac has been rumoured to be considering a run as the vice-presidential candidate of former Economy minister Roberto Lavagna, though neither have confirmed their intentions.

-TIMES

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