we ek of
Córdoba’s election campaign
– t h e m a i n
c a n d i d a t e s
went out to
meet the electorate instead
of requiring voters to come to
The two rival
Mestre and Mario
Negri, opted for
motorcades in the
provincial capital although also descending
f r o m t h e i r
campaign veh i c l e s t o
to talk to voters.
Peronist Governor Juan Schiaretti
(less in a hurry, perhaps because he is sitting on a huge opinion
poll lead) chose a more
traditiona l approach,
going out to the voters of this
conservative province in a
sulky horse and carriage. He
chose Rayo Cortado, a small
northern village with some 800 inhabitants, for this campaign closure in a
supreme display of confidence.
Neither t h e m o to r c a d e s n o r
Schiaretti’s more antiquated locomotion seemed to generate much popular
enthusiasm, perhaps because the result
seems such a foregone conclusion. Nor
were there any debates during the campaign to stimulate interest.
Even the closer race in the provincial
capital does not seem to be triggering much
suspense since the Cambiemos split has left
the door wide open for Peronist mayoral
candidate Martín Llaryora.
Schiaretti told reporters that he had visited all 427 municipalities (defined in Córdoba as any community with over 2,000
inhabitants) of the province and that in all
of them he had seen public works underway.
“Our main slogan is to advance on the
basis of what we’ve already done,” he said,
adding that Córdoba should also look to
new industries (like software, “a reality in
The governor also made sure to extend
his condolences to the family of Marcelo
Yadón (shot dead outside Congress on
Thursday) and his best wishes to wounded
Radical deputy Héctor Olivares.
Negri generally preferred talking to voters rather than reporters but outgoing
provincial capital mayor Mestre was more
Although opinion polls showed him well
behind Negri, never mind Schiaretti, Mestre appealed to this week’s Champions
League semi-final upsets to express confidence in victory. If Barcelona could lose 4-0
to Liverpool, the Radicals could win tomorrow, he insisted.
Schiaretti’s administration was not as
great as the governor claimed, he argued,
pointing to acute shortfalls in health and
education in a province with 36.5 percent
of the population below the poverty line.