ERic Ciotti and Valérie Pécresse have qualified for the second round of the LR Congress responsible for investing in the right-wing presidential candidate, party leader Christian Jacob announced Thursday.
The vice president of Alpes-Maritimes won 25.59% of the vote and the president of Ile-de-France 25% of the vote in the first round, with Michael Bornier receiving 23.93%, Xavier Bertrand 22.36% and Philippe Juven 3.13%. . After the second round on Friday and Saturday, the candidate name will be announced on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Xavier Bertrand, who appeared on the right as the best spot in the first round of the national poll, soon called for a “rally” behind Valérie Pécresse.
“Thank you to the members of Les Républicains who trusted me. I will vote for Valerie Pécresse in the second round, ”said the man who took the risk of returning to public racing in LR in October.
The boss of LR representatives, Damien Abbott, also called on Valérie Pécresse to vote.
Registration of participation
The turnout in this first round reached 80.89%, a record level, but the attendance of members who had taken their card accurately to vote since September was predictable. Nearly 140,000 people were invited to vote during this closed congress, which is far from more than 4 million voters in 2016’s open primary.
Candidates have a few hours to stand before the second round, which starts at midnight on Friday and ends at 2pm on Saturday. Again, the results will be announced at 2:30 pm during the press conference.
A summary in between
Intermediate rounds are deliberately brief: “We do not want blood on the walls. We do not want negotiations, we have knives under our throats, things have to happen faster and better, ”party spokesman Gilles Blatret told BFMTV on Wednesday.
Because the LR, burned by the deadly divisions of the primary division in 2016, can no longer afford the luxury of competition, following a historic elimination in the first round of the presidential election.
In 2022, it will come to a second round, or its future as a major ruling party will be compromised.
Right-wingers are lagging behind in the polls, behind Emmanuel Macron and the far-right. The best place on the right-hand poll so far is Xavier Bertrand, who finished fourth in the first round.
The LR hopes the candidate will be fielded once nominated by Congress.
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