translated from Spanish: Gabriel Boric and his first million: high vote of the FA candidate runs the border from the left to the center

There is no doubt that the big winner of the night was the candidate of the Broad Front, Gabriel Boric. The unexpected result of the former student leader and deputy for Magallanes, who with just over a million votes managed to sweep in all regions of the country, not only leaves him on a very good footing to “continue” in a frantic presidential race that begins to unfold this Monday and for which only four months remain , but it shows that in its broad vote the most moderate sectors were already present, progressivism, so that the bridges were tended to continue growing towards the center left. And this is not counting that as a pact, I approve Dignity surpassed by more than four hundred thousand votes Chile Vamos, which unlike the left in all its range, played all its cards.
“We thought we were dead, we were given for dead, but we woke up and grew up.” That is the summary made by a leader of the Broad Front before the advantageous results of Gabriel Boric in the primary of A aprueba Dignidad, despite the fact that hours before the results, several acknowledged that Daniel Jadue still had an advantage over the deputy of Social Convergence, but much narrower than a month ago.
That is why there was surprise with more than 60% of boric’s votes, also with a turnout that exceeded one million 600 thousand votes in the primary of that sector, which gives greater legitimacy to the process, and gives more confidence in a good result in November. “We’ve done a campaign that exceeded all the expectations that everyone had,” Boric said in his speech. The reasons? Gabriel Boric entered the competition late, given the lack of definition of Beatriz Sánchez, in a scenario where Jadue was the natural favorite according to the polls.
On the other hand, in the Communist Party there was confidence that the mayor of Recoleta would surpass his fellow member. Even before the results, the self-criticism of the party was scarce, even in recent weeks where Jadue had several stumbles, such as debates. However, in the mayor’s recognition of Boric’s triumph – which took about half an hour – he was accompanied by one of the first self-criticisms, and with a more summoning tone than the last speeches of the PC’s letter.
“It’s not that the Coalition came out to vote in our primary, it’s not that the right has come out to vote in our primary; they are our own weaknesses, because until just six months ago those of us who are here treated each other as adversaries between us and were not united,” Jadue said of the results. The in-depth analysis will be done today by the PC.
The previous figures were marked by nervousness, especially when they began to close the first tables. There was also a lot of “pre-wound patching”. In sectors of the FA they considered that Jadue’s mistakes in the last week of the campaign helped the victory but also to generate some resentment in the block, also because of the placement that Jadue made to Boric by the anti-barrication law. In the opinion of front-runners, these were not tactical problems of the campaign, but a problem of the candidate and the command. “All the ideas we thought of why Jadue should not be president were fulfilled,” admitted one bloc leader.
In the PC, meanwhile, they maintained that in an eventual victory for the mayor of Recoleta in the primary, both Boric and the Broad Front should be responsible for bringing the campaign and the world that convened the primary closer together, and working on a broad-based program that would allow “to bring down that ghost of anti-communistism.” This, because in the Communist Party they pointed to whether the Broad Front would undoubtedly square behind Jadue, just as the PC would after Boric, as a more disciplined party, versus a conglomerate – the FA – that has persistent internal differences.
However, in the FA some bet to review which voices of the PC could be added to the campaign. There they look favorably on jadue’s former spokeswoman, Camila Vallejo. In the PC, meanwhile, they said that it should be Boric who decides, that it is not the attention of the Communists, but to work in all areas for a victory of I approve Dignity in November. In this context, one of the focuses will be the joint program, for which the programmatic teams will meet these days. Tensions could be generated there, because while there are major coincidences in the program, there are also matI would like to thank the Commission for the work he has been able to take on some issues. The premise, both sectors agree, is to take care of A aprueba Dignidad, to give projection to a leftist hegemony that began to be installed to reconfigure with the election of constituents, reconfiguring the map of the opposition.
The choice that put the DC on the accelerator
The worst-case scenario for the DC was fulfilled: Gabriel Boric, who is contesting votes for the center-left, and Sebastian Sichel, supported by former Christian Democrats, a party to which he belonged. While the idea was to wait until August, many in the Christian Democracy find it difficult and admit that this result forces them to hasten the proclamation of a presidential candidacy of Yasna Provoste. Thursday is the public account of the Senate, where, as president, Provoste will be in the lead. After that, proclamation is possible.
“The result leaves us no choice but to proclaim Yasna as soon as possible, otherwise, we enter the presidential race at a disadvantage. Now, the first step is to see how we reach a single candidacy with the rest of the center-left that I do not know if it will be so easy,” said a DC official. To this is added the task of attracting the center-left independent vote that could go to Boric or Sichel, given the inability to reach The Constituent Unity to a legal primary.
In this context, the Socialist Party has insisted on a primary, but not the DC, which argues little time, few funds. The idea of several in the DC is that Provoste be named as an affidaized charter of Constituent Unity, through agreements, where Narvaez should decide his option to La Moneda. Everything is complicated because the parliamentary negotiations are in full operation. Narvaez’s command ruled out that option and do not rule out the possibility of going straight to the first round if there is no citizen’s measurement, despite the fact that others in their community do not deny that he can get off. If that scenario occurs, the former Coalition fears being pushed to square behind Boric so as not to dilute a victory against the right.

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