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Argentinamarker held presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, April 27, 2003. Turnout was 78.2% and the results were as follows:

President

Background

For the first time since the return of democracy (1983), the Justicialist Party (PJ) failed to agree on a presidential candidate. For that reason three strong candidates from this party were on the ballots (Carlos Menem, Santa Cruz Provincemarker Governor Néstor Kirchner, and Adolfo Rodríguez Saá), none of them officially supported by the party, though President Duhalde publicly endorsed Governor Kirchner on January 15, 2003. The PJ suspended its January 24 convention, opting to allow the three contenders to run on the peronist mantle.

After the political collapse at the peak of the economic crisis that led to the resignation of President Fernando de la Rúa at the end of 2001, the popular support for the PJ's traditional opponents, the centrist Radical Civic Union (UCR), was at its lowest level. Two strong former members of the UCR founded parties based on their political tendencies (Elisa Carrió founded a left-of-center party, the ARI, and Ricardo López Murphy founded a right-wing one, Recrear).

These five strong candidates were practically tied in all the pre-election polls. Menem obtained the most votes in the first round, but not enough to be elected (about 25%), so a runoff election against Kirchner was required, and was scheduled for May 18. After two terms in office from 1989 to 1999, Menem's popularity was very low, and anticipating a landslide defeat (the polls favored Kirchner 70%–30%), he forfeited the runoff on May 14, and Néstor Kirchner immediately became the president-elect.

Todo Argentina: Kirchner

Legislative and gubernatorial elections were held throughout 2003; for more information see Argentine legislative election, 2003.

Candidates for President



Image:Néstor Kirchner - 20050402 - Regimiento de Patricios (Argentina).jpg|KirchnerImage:Carlos menem.jpg|MenemImage:Ricardo López Murphy.jpg|López MurphyImage:Adolfo Rodríguez Saá - thumbnail.jpg|Rodríguez SaáImage:Elisa Carrió votes (2007-10-28).jpg|Carrió

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