The PSOE does not make the ‘Sánchez effect’ profitable in Moncloa in the elections in Galicia and the Basque Country, where they have repeated almost the same result as in 2016, when they stayed on an electoral floor that precipitated the bloody internal battle that ended with Pedro’s resignation Sánchez as secretary general. In a radically different scenario, socialists they remain with a bitter taste after the elections of this July 12 in which not only have they failed to end eleven years of absolute majority of Alberto Núñez Feijóo but they have remained as a third force – this time the sorpasso It was from the BNG- and in the Basque Country they have only risen one seat and, although in percentage terms they have grown slightly, as in Galicia, the support on ballots has been lower.
Feijóo achieves his fourth absolute majority and Urkullu will be able to govern again by agreeing with the Socialists
Pedro Sánchez’s party has not achieved any of its objectives in the contests this Sunday, which were largely read as the first test of the matches after the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Ferraz assured that it was not an examination of the management of the health emergency, a large part of the campaign has revolved around her. But the socialists have not managed to make it profitable. In Moncloa, they were also convinced that the result of four years ago would be improved and this has not been the case.
With the vote count closed, the PSE-EE has obtained 10 seats and 13.64% of the votes – compared to 11.94% four years ago. With 98.72%, the PSdeG remains with 14 seats and 19.36% of the votes – 1.54% more than in the last Galician, although almost twelve points less than in the elections of November 10- . In both communities, socialists traditionally have better results in generals than in autonomous communities, although this time the difference has been greater than in 2016.
The disappointment has been greatest in Galicia, where Gonzalo Caballero, the PSdeG candidate, has remained twelve points behind the Sánchez result – although in the Galician autonomous communities of 2016 the PSOE brand, then in low form, achieved five more points in the generals-. The socialist aspirant not only does the Xunta fail but it remains as the second force of the opposition, behind the BNG. The socialists do not capitalize on the Podemos-Esquerda Unida-Anova catastrophe, which with the candidacy of the tides already relegated them to that position four years ago, and they keep the same 14 seats.
In Ferraz they already counted that defeating Feijóo was an impossible mission -and they even see in his victory an opportunity to further weaken Pablo Casado-, but the overtaking by the left of the Galician nationalists is a setback that prominent party leaders attribute to the candidate and the bad situation of the Galician federation. “The results are not satisfactory, they are not what we expected,” Caballero said in his appearance after the results, in which he assured that his intention is to continue leading the PSdeG.
In the Basque Country, the PSE-EE has not benefited from its presence in the Basque Government or in the central government, which was one of the main ideas of the campaign of Idoia Mendia. The socialist apparatus counted on obtaining eleven or twelve seats, and finally they have to settle for ten – just one more than in 2016 – although they manage to be key again for the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu. “The Socialists are going to use every ballot they have dedicated to us in economically rebuilding the Basque Country,” said the candidate this Sunday. “We have given our word and we will keep it, as always.”
“Abstention always works against our party,” said the leader of the Basque socialists in the evaluation of the results, in which she admitted disappointment: “We would have liked to obtain a greater force than that obtained.” Still, Mendia has said that the results are “good” because the Socialist Party has managed to regain “the leadership of the non-nationalist left” that was taken from it by Podemos in the previous electoral contest. That is why it has been claimed as “the useful left”.