REPORTING FROM BUENOS AIRES AND SANTIAGO -- Aided by a booming economy, populist policies and public sympathy over the death of her husband and predecessor, Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner easily won a second term in Sunday’s national election.
With 58% of the ballots counted, the 58-year old former senator and widow of late former President Nestor Kirchner, had 53% of the vote, far ahead of the nearest of six rivals, Socialist candidate and governor of Santa Fe state Hermes Binner, with 17%.
“All I want is to keep helping ... to keep Argentina growing,” she said in her victory speech. “I want to keep changing history.”
Exit polls also indicated that candidates allied with her Victory Front party would regain control of both houses of Argentina’s congress, a majority she had lost in the 2009 election.