On Sunday, Argentina’s held a national election that marked the beginning of the end of the Kirchner era that has presided over that country’s government since 2003.
Earlier polls had shown the leading candidate to succeed the Kirchners would be Daniel Scioli, who served as vice president at the beginning of the Kirchners’ reign.
An October 18 poll had Scioli, the current governor of the Buenos Aires province, with a clear lead in the first round of voting at 37.9 percent compared to his closest rival, the mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, at 26.3 percent.
A third candidate, a lawmaker representing the Buenos Aires province in the national legislature, Sergio Massa, had 20.4 percent support in that poll.
Sunday’s leading presidential candidate can avoid a runoff under two scenarios. If they receive over 45 percent of the vote or if they receive over 40 percent of the vote with a 10 percentage point margin or greater over the second place candidate.
The current president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner succeeded her husband in 2007. Nestor Kirchner died in 2010 due to heart complications and de Kirchner went on to win reelection in 2011.
In addition to a new president, Argentines will vote for the national legislature. This election year also marked a lowering of the voting age, allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote. According to a report by Argentina’s daily La Nación, approximately 80 percent of these new eligible voters turned out for the primary elections in August.