Argentina’s Economy Minister Has Surprise Win by Taking Lead in First Round of Presidential Election

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa surprised Sunday night by finishing on top in the first round of presidential election, winning 36% of the vote.

His chief rival, a right-wing populist, Javier Milei received 30% of votes.

Argentines will have to choose between the two in a follow-up vote scheduled for Nov 19.

Former Security Minister Patricia Bullrich finished in third place with 23.61%.

With 80% of the votes counted, Massa had 36% and Milei was at 30%, meaning the two will go to a November runoff. Most pre-election polls gave Milei a slight lead and put Massa in second place.

Source: Qatar News Agency