Argentina: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Re-Elected President

Presidential elections held in Argentina on October 23, 2011, resulted in a sweeping victory for current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, according to preliminary results. (See Global Voices’ post on the primary elections held in August to determine the candidates for public office).

Exit poll results began to emerge when the polls closed at 6:00pm, although these results were not official. At 9:00pm a website with official results went live. At the time of writing this port, the current President is leading by a landslide victory of 53%, followed by Dr. Hermes Binner, the candidate of the Progressive Broad Front (Frente Amplio Progresista), with 17%.

On Twitter, which was widely used by candidates and citizens during the campaign, several related trending topics emerged. One hashtag that became a local trending topic was #cristinazo, alluding to the number of votes favoring the President.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: Laura Schneider

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: Laura Schneider

@TwGobierno writes [es]:

Hay censura en Twitter, #cristinazo tiene mas Tweets que #binnerazo y no es TT… #twittercensura (difundir cumpas)

There is censorship on Twitter, #cristinazo has more tweets than #binnerazo and it is not a Trending Topic #twittercensura (spread the word)

Daniela (@DaniK_dorada) celebrates [es]:

Llora llora llora la derecha xk los pibes tamos de fiesta! #cristinazo#plazademayo

The Right cries, cries, cries because we are celebrating! #cristinazo#plazademayo

The hashtag #yonolavote (“I didn't vote for her), used by those who didn't cast their vote for Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, also became a local Trending Topic.

Daiana Varetti (day_varetti) comments [es]:

que raro que el 1er TT sea #yonolavote y gano cn el 52 % de los votos.. yo tengo mi conciencia limpia y digo verdaderamente que #yonolavote

it's weird that the first trending topic is #yonolavote and she won with 52% of the votes… I have a clean conscience and admit that #yonolavote [I didn't vote for her]

Cintia V Rojas (@CintiaVRojas) says [es]:

que bueno q #yonolavote sea tt porq significa q todavia qda gente cuerda!!!

it's good that #yonolavote is a trending topic, because it means that there are still sane people!

Other local Twitter Trending Topics were #Vicepresidente (“Vice president) and #hablacristina (“Cristina speaks”).

The main opposition force in these elections also got their Trending Topic. Netizens used #binnerazo to refer to Hermes Binner, who in a few months of presidential campaigning managed to become the second largest political force in the country, although far from the first.

Hermes Binner with Cristina F. de Kirchner. Photo: Laura Schneider

Hermes Binner with Cristina F. de Kirchner. Photo: Laura Schneider

Javier Alejandro (@Jmaitre) offers encouraging words to Binner followers [es]:

Vamos el socialismo, va creciendo en todo el pais #Binnerazo

Go socialism, it is growing throughout the country #Binnerazo

While Mariana Calvo (@maariC) shows her disappointment [es]:

yo no estoy contenta tendria que haber ganado binner #binnerazo

I am not happy, Binner should've won #binnerazo

Final results will be announced during the week, although the trend shown in preliminary results is not expected to change. Nevertheless, Aldana Formigo (@AldanaFormigo) [es] reflects the thoughts of many Argentinians:

Muy feliz de ser participe de está democracia! #Cristinazo

Happy to participate in this democracy! #Cristinazo
Thumbnail image shows supporters celebrating the re-election of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as Argentina's president. Image by Patricio Murphy, copyright Demotix (23/11/2011).

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