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Macri Candidate Leads In Key Battleground of Argentina's Primary

  • Ruling party candidate had 34.19% vs 34.11% for Fernandez
  • Macri’s alliance had been seen losing in Buens Aires Province

President Mauricio Macri’s candidate was locked in a tie with ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Buenos Aires province primaries, a better-than-expected showing for Macri that reduces the threat to his project to continue opening the economy.

Initial results showed Macri’s candidate, Esteban Bullrich, had 34.19 percent of votes against 34.11 percent for Fernandez with 95.68 percent of votes counted in the primary to choose candidates for the senate representing Buenos Aires province at 6:55 a.m. local time. The candidates will now face each other in the congressional elections in October.
Macri’s alliance had the most votes in about half of Argentina’s...