Publication: Sunday May 9, 2021 2:28 PM
Ayuso was the clear winner in Madrid for a variety of reasons. One, to convince the ex-voters of Ciudadanos, defending the idea that the orange formation could “stab” him by being an “unstable” partner of the government, as analyzed the political scientist Estefanía Molina.
But would this comfortable victory be reproducible in other territories where the PP and the Ciudadanos govern in coalition? For political scientist Cristina Monge, it would depend on the ability to “read the mood” of each territory, which Ayuso exploited during the campaign: a Madrid associated with a way of life.
A strategy that paid off another PP president with a very different profile: Alberto Núñez Feijóo. “This Galician, this ruralism, this kingdom of taifa where he identifies with Spain at the national level but tries to exploit this regionalism in each region,” Molina analyzes.
The results in Madrid could lead to the reunification of the center-right under the acronym of the PP. For example, in Andalusia or in Castile and León, but neither Mañueco nor Moreno Bonilla seem tempted to advance the elections.
Even so, the result in Madrid accelerated the Andalusian PSOE primaries by skipping “all alarms in Ferraz”, as Molina comments. The Socialists do not want their result in Madrid to be repeated in Andalusia. Although the polls point to the consolidation of socialist leaders like Ximo Puig and his recipe against the pandemic, putting the territory before his party.
In the Valencian Community, the PP has also moved a tab before possible elections, separating Isabel Bonig against her will.