Elections in Argentina: the Libertarian Party gets 13.6% in Buenos Aires, classic liberal candidate gets 11.34%
EDIT: Just added more results for different candidates in different parts of the country.
Today was the first round of the legislative elections here in Argentina. In 2019 a left-wing coalition won the elections, and today, with the vast majority of votes counted, the results are as follows:
- 13.6% – Javier Milei (Anarcho-capitalist of the Avanza Libertad party) in the Buenos Aires City [3rd place]
- 11.34% – Ricardo López Murphy (Classic liberal of the Juntos coalition) in the Buenos Aires City [4th place]
- 6.13% – Samuel Martín Muñoz Letizia (Classic liberal of the Republicanos Unidos party) in the Tierra del Fuego province (including Malvinas, Antarctica and other islands) [4th place]
- 4.8% – José Luis Espert (Classic liberal of the La Libertad Avanza party) in the Buenos Aires province [5th place]
- 4.62% – Cristian Corzo (Classic liberal of the Unión del Centro Democrático party) in the San Luis province [5th place]
- 2.93% – Alejandra Oliveras (Classic liberal of the Unite por la Libertad y la Dignidad party) in the Santa Fe province [5th place]
- 2.38% – Luciano Paván (Classic liberal of the Unite por la Libertad y la Dignidad party) in the Santiago del Estero province [6th place]
- 1.57% – Rubén Petetta (Libertarian of the La Libertad Avanza party) in the Córdoba province [6th place]
Disclaimer: All candidates mentioned made it to the November elections (Except for Murphy, he’s an important exception). These are the votes that the candidates themselves got, and not their parties as a whole. The next elections may most definitely show higher numbers, as there were many, small classic liberal and libertarian parties participating in the elections, and many people who didn’t vote.
Your question now is probably: how is this important? Why should I care about some elections in some poor Third World country?
Argentina is a nation that’s been governed by either left-wing parties, or dictatorships, for the last 70 years. Last year, after the 2019 presidential elections, an Austrian School economist named Javier Milei began getting a lot of attention in the media for his anti-statist, pro-free markets, libertarian views, and his confrontational personality, which combined with a great skill for winning arguments got him a lot of support, specially from the youth. Milei was pretty much shrugged off as some crazy guy who wasn’t going to get more than 3% of votes, and today he got third place in the Buenos Aires city, getting 13.6% of the votes.
Ricardo López Murphy is a conservative liberal who in the past served as the minister of defense and minister of economy. He joined the Juntos coalition for these elections, which is a coalition made of a mix of socialdemocrats and neoliberals for the most part. Given that he got 4th place, with 11.34% of votes, many of his voters might turn to Milei in the final elections in November.
José Luis Espert is a classic liberal/libertarian with some more progressive, sensible views, that may differ from those of Murphy. He joined the presidential race in 2019, but only got 1.47% of votes. The Buenos Aires province is very impoverished, and has a gag for statism, so him getting such a result was rather expected.
Now, going back to the question at hand, how does this affect you? Well, the answer might be somewhat simple: this could trigger a domino effect across not only all of Argentina, but all the South American continent. Milei has supporters all across South America, including Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela and other nations. He even managed to get a Guinness record for the biggest economy class ever, which was attended by over 10000 people from many Spanish-speaking nations.
South America is a region characterized for its statist, generally left-wing views, and never has had any libertarian candidate gotten has much support as Milei has so far, and his support is only growing.
I just wanted to share this with everyone else, I’m excited by this, because this means that maybe not all of this nation and continent is doomed, and with some luck, this could cause a domino effect all across the continent, which could extend to other places.
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