Only 22 urban mayors exceeded 60% of the votes, as Caballero aspires

The voice of Galicia




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05/18/2019 05:00 h

Ten calls for municipal elections have passed since the restoration of democracy, and only 22 candidates from the 63 cities of Spain with more than 100,000 inhabitants have managed to get more than 60% of the votes cast by their fellow citizens. And in a scenario of so much atomization, with the irruption of new parties that have broken with the traditional map, expanding that club seems impossible. Or not.

Abel Caballero aspires to swell that list of Superheaven that since 1983, his party leader Francisco Gonzlez Fernndez, mayor of Parla (128,256 inhabitants has that Madrilean locality) in the first two terms, has managed to convince 77.01% of the voters.


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The voice of Galicia

The mayor of Vigo has arrived in the tracking daily election of Sondaxe for La Voz to attract 68% in intention of vote of the respondents (64% in the one of today), percentage that is located in the horizon that the own regidor esteem that to obtain and that will be translated in 19 of the 27 councilors of the corporation. Above that level only six of the 630 mayors elected since then have been located since 1979 in the cities of the country. In addition to Gonzlez Fernndez have passed that mark his successor in the City of Parla Toms Gmez, which in 2003 got 75.3% of the ballots and four years later another 74.3%. Also in the then known as red belt of Madrid, Ramn Espinar also won the PSOE 69.9% in 1983 in Legans (188,425 inhabitants); that same year, in Mstoles (207,095) the socialist Bartolom Gonzlez reached it with 69.2%. And in 2011 in Torrejn (129,729 neighbors) was reached by Pedro Manuel Rolln: 68.5% of the ballots cast.

Arriving now, in a municipal in 2019 at such a high level of electoral confidence is more difficult than in previous mandates, because the diversification of political options with the breakdown of bipartisanship (several tides municipalistas, local groups, Citizens …) translates into greater atomization of the corporations of most major cities. In the municipal elections of 2015, in fact, in no urban city council was able to overcome the barrier of 60% of the votes by a candidate for mayor. It had only happened in the elections of 1979, in which the explosion of acronyms filled with diverse candidacies the new democratic town halls. In 1983, on the other hand, there were up to thirteen absolute seniors supported by more than 60% of the votes, all of them signed by PSOE politicians.

The difficulty to achieve a massive electoral result in large cities is proved by the fact that only in three cities with more inhabitants than Vigo have there been cases in which two out of every three voters voted the same. Pedro Aparicio obtained it in Mlaga in 1983 with 63.30% of the votes and 21 of the 31 councilors of the corporation; Jos Luis Lassaletta the same year in Alicante with a 61.6; and up to three times he achieved the PP candidate Miguel Angel Cmara between 2003 and 2011 in Murcia.

Other known names that have achieved massive support in cities at the time are those of Jess Gil, in Marbella in 91 and 95 with 65% of the votes; Gabino de Lorenzo in Oviedo in 1995, with 62.1%, or the popular Tefila Martnez in Cdiz four years later, with another 62%.

In corporations of 27 councilors like that of Vigo, only 20 representatives have been attributed to the same party – as estimated by Caballero and the Sondaxe survey – in Mstoles, Legans and Huelva.

In urban Galicia, the record has been maintained by Francisco Vzquez since 1991: got then with the PSOE 59.2% of the votes cast and 18 councilors of 27, one more than four years ago sum in Vigo Caballero, when he achieved 51.8%.

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