The electoral hangover in the province of Cádiz leaves a disturbing panorama for the PSOE ahead of next year’s municipal elections. Populations that historically had been socialist bastions have taken an unexpected turn to the right. It is not uncommon for cities like Jerez or some of the Campo de Gibraltar or the Northwest Coast to turn around because it has happened at other times, but the fact that this happens in the Sierra or in La Janda is very striking.
Moreno gives a historic victory to the PP in Andalusia, strikes down Ciudadanos and leaves the extreme right in irrelevance
The popular ones have prevailed in 90% of the towns in the province of Cadiz and they have done so in socialist strongholds such as Alcalá de los Gazules. It is something historic because in 2018, without going any further, the PSOE had tripled the popular vote in this town and now they have won by 85 votes. Along with Dos Hermanas, it was the only point in Andalusia where the PSOE had never lost an election, but on Sunday everything changed.
The entry of the Popular Party in the rural world is news, since until now it was hostile territory. It has even been able to win in Puerto Real, the paradigm of a left-wing city closely linked to the workers’ struggle. The PSOE currently governs in this town, but in recent years the alternatives have always been other progressive forces.
The “resistance” of Trebujena
The town that has been able to resist the right is Trebujena. There, Por Andalucía has clearly prevailed, which has only been the most voted list in this population, where it has reached almost 47%. On the Northwest Coast it is an exception, although in 2018 the force with the most votes was Adelante Andalucía.
Zahara, Torre Alháquime and Alcalá del Valle have been the only three towns that have not turned towards the PP in the Sierra de Cádiz. Algar, Arcos, Benaocaz, Bornos, El Bosque, El Gastor, Espera, Grazalema, Olvera, Prado del Rey, Puerto Serrano, Setenil, Ubrique, Villaluenga and Villamartín have been painted blue. Villaluenga deserves your comment, with a mayor and senator in the person of the socialist Alfonso Moscoso, who has been in power for 23 years.
The same dynamic has occurred in the Bay, with victories for the PP in Cádiz, with twice as many votes as the PSOE; and in Jerez, where there was also a comfortable victory for the list led by Ana Mestre. In Algeciras it may be normal because the popular José Ignacio Landaluce is already in charge, although not so much in La Línea, where the mayor’s office is for a municipalist party. Juan Marín was not even supported in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where Ciudadanos fell to fifth position after being the most voted in 2018.
Juan Manuel Moreno’s trip to the center has received the support of a province where the PSOE currently governs in almost half of the mayor’s offices. It will be necessary to see if these results have a projection in the municipal elections of 2023. Or not.