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Argentina Primary Vote to Test Fernandez’s Re-Election Prospects

An open primary on Aug. 14 is becoming more urgent for Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s re-election efforts after a string of defeats in regional votes undermined support for the government.

Argentines can vote for any candidate in the Aug. 14 primary, which will give an indication of whether Fernandez, 58, has enough backing to win another four-year term in the first-round of the national election on Oct. 23 over opponents including lawmaker Ricardo Alfonsin and former President Eduardo Duhalde. Voting is mandatory.