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The results of the elections in Bologna

The center-left candidate Matteo Lepore will be the next mayor of Bologna: he won in the first round against the center-right candidate Fabio Battistini, with a huge advantage that had been predicted by the polls before the vote. The ballot is in the final stages and Lepore is at 62 percent, while Battistini will probably reach below 30 percent. Bologna was not one of the cities on which the center-right was aiming, but it has had results below expectations in several other regional capitals, especially Milan, Naples and Turin.

Lepore was also supported by the 5 Star Movement. The other main candidates were Marta Collot for Potere al Popolo and Dora Palumbo for United Left, who did not reach 5 percent. The definitive turnout was 51.16, while in 2o16 it was 59.66.

Lepore is 41 years old, he was councilor for the economy in the first council of the outgoing mayor Virginio Merola and for culture in the second, and has a long career in public administration and politics with the Democratic Party. His electoral campaign, rather participatory, had started with some difficulties over a year ago, but once it was up and running it had encountered few obstacles, and in fact the pre-electoral polls gave him a large advantage. In these elections he was supported, in addition to the M5S, by several other movements, including the Sardines.

After the polls closed, while the ballot was underway, Lepore went to mass in the Basilica of San Petronio to celebrate the day of the patron saint of Bologna, San Petronio. The outgoing mayor, Merola, was also present.

Battistini, on the other hand, is a 64-year-old entrepreneur, close to the Catholic world, and was supported by the entire center-right, which is why he was considered Lepore’s only real challenger. But already during the election campaign he was given a lot of disadvantage.

Given the rather predictable situation of the vote, the only question of the city that had enlivened the electoral campaign a little was the great works to be carried out. The tactic adopted by Battistini to try to reduce the disadvantage had been to attract attention by making unsettling proposals, such as the elimination of all speed cameras from the territory of the municipality.

– Read also: How far the “Bologna model” can go

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