Buenos Aires, October 27 (RHC)-- Preliminary results in Argentina's presidential elections gives an easy victory to candidates Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez, for president and vice president, respectively.
According to a survey from the Projeccion Management and Consultoria, one hour after the polls closed in Argentina:
Alberto Fernandez -- 52.7
Mauricio Marcri -- 34.7
Around the country, in an overcast Buenos Aires, amid the Pampas farmlands and the vineyards of Mendoza, polling stations opened their doors at 8 a.m. local time. Voting ended at 6 p.m. and local media said first official results were expected by 9:00 p.m. local time.
The ballot is effectively a referendum between Macri's austerity and the "social contract" of the left-leaning opposition, who have attracted voters hurt badly by the Macri's neoliberal model that led to the most severe economic crisis in decades.
Argentina's choice could have far-reaching implications: it is one the world's top grain exporters, is stirring the energy world with its huge Vaca Muerta shale field and is on the cusp of restructuring talks with creditors over $100 billion U$D in debt.