With a campaign against strict anti-pandemic restrictions and attacks on the central government’s socialists, center-right candidate Isabel Diaz Ayuso, 42, has re-elected to the government of Madrid – Spain’s richest region -, shows exit polls.
His People’s Party (PP), which has controlled Madrid for 26 years, has more than doubled its participation in the Assembly, going from 30 to somewhere between 62 and 65 seats, according to forecasts – 69 are needed for the majority.
Ayuso declared during the campaign that he preferred to govern without coalitions, but even for a minority government, he would need to negotiate with the ultra-right party Vox, which should occupy 12 to 14 seats, also according to the ballot box.
She will not be able to count on her former coalition partner, Ciudadanos, who, according to the GAD3 poll, did not win the 5% of votes needed to occupy seats in the Assembly.
Vox already supported the previous coalition, but without participation in the government. Ayuso’s statements that an approach to the anti-immigration acronym “was not the end of the world” ignited opponents, who accused her of sympathy for fascism.
The undisputed result of the conservative candidate in the Spanish capital must project her as one of the main national political forces. In the campaign, in addition to fighting the closure of bars and restaurants, she promised to reduce taxes and support small business owners.
Main targets of the conservative’s attacks during the campaign, the parties on the left did not guarantee sufficient support to challenge a PP government.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s socialist PSOE lost seats in the Madrid Assembly: of the current 37, he should have a maximum of 28, according to the polls. Its potential left-wing ally Somos grew from 7 to up to 11 seats.
In the progressive pole, the main winner was Más Madrid, an environmentalist and feminist platform, which has grown in popularity in the last two months and can go from 20 to 24 seats.