Opposition politicians reacted jubilantly to early results from the PASO primaries on Sunday night, with PRO party leader Patricia Bullrich declaring that Juntos candidates had scored wins in provinces nationwide it didn't expect to.
Speaking to the LN+ news channel after the first batch of results had been released, the former security minister said the battle was on to affect the balance of power in the National Congress.
“We need to add five national senators, so that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner loses quorum in the Upper House. We have the feeling that we can achieve that goal," she declared.
“We have eight provinces in which Juntos por el Cambio has senators. From tomorrow I am going to tour those provinces as we have never done before. Since 1983, the Senate has had the hegemony of the same party, so with courage and governance we are going to achieve something unprecedented in Argentina, which is to extract quorum from Cristina Fernández. That will be our strategic objective from now on,” she declared, vowing not to let Juntos por el Cambio’s candidates “rest on our laurels.”
María Eugenia Vidal, the opposition’s top candidate for national deputy representing Buenos Aires Province, also focused on the race to shift the balance of power in Congress, declaring that voters had called for “a bloc that impedes the ruling majority and defends the Constitution and the Republic."
This time “there is no going back,” she added, saying that the government’s “cynicism and lies” had to end.
Speaking to Jorge Lanata on the TN news channel, former president Mauricio Macri described the result as a “clear message” from the electorate to the national government.
“There was a clear message from an Argentina that said enough to the lies, enough to ineptitude, enough to immorality. The opportunity for Argentina has truly been born. We are beginning to see the end of populism in our country,” he declared.
Along these lines, he added: "The people are giving us a share of greater responsibility to try to stop this army of destruction,” he declared, painting the ruling coalition as a front controlled by Vice-President Fernández de Kirchner and her backers.