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2013 Chilean presidential primaries

The Chilean presidential primaries of 2013 were held in Chile on Sunday 30 June 2013. It was the first such election to be run by the government under a new primary law published in December 2012.

Presidential primaries of the Alianza and Nueva Mayoría, 2013

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  Pablo Longueira Montes.jpg Andrés Allamand Zavala.jpg
Candidate Pablo Longueira Andrés Allamand
Party UDI National Renewal
Alliance Alliance Alliance
Popular vote 414,380 392,221
Percentage 51.37% 48.63%

  Michelle Bachelet foto campaña (Recortada).jpg Andres-velasco-wiki (2).jpg
Candidate Michelle Bachelet Andrés Velasco
Party Socialist Independent
Alliance New Majority New Majority
Popular vote 1,561,563 278,056
Percentage 73.06% 13.01%

  Claudio Orrego sobre fondo negro (Headshot).jpg José Antonio Gómez Urrutia, ministro de justicia (3).jpg
Candidate Claudio Orrego José Antonio Gómez
Party Christian Democratic Social Democrat Radical
Alliance New Majority New Majority
Popular vote 189,582 108,222
Percentage 8.87% 5.06%

According to the law, primaries are voluntary, but its results are binding. The two main political coalitions decided to participate: Former president Michelle Bachelet won the Nueva Mayoría primary with 73% of the vote, while former senator and minister Pablo Longueira won the Alianza primary with 51%.

Longueira withdrew on 17 July and was replaced by Evelyn Matthei, who had not participated in the primaries. Bachelet defeated Matthei in the runoff election held on 15 December 2013.


Alianza candidatesEdit

Both candidates were officially registered on 1 May 2013.[1] Affiliates from both Alianza parties (RN and UDI) plus independent electors were allowed to vote.

Candidate Remarks
Andrés Allamand
The former Minister of Defense said on 22 April 2012 that he was willing to participate with Laurence Golborne and Pablo Longueira (both also ministers) in a three-way primary.[2] He was proclaimed as candidate by his party on 6 November 2012.[3]
Pablo Longueira
The Minister of Economy was proclaimed as his party's candidate minutes after the resignation of then candidate Laurence Golborne on 29 April 2013. He left his cabinet post a day later.[4]

Declined candidacy

  • Laurence Golborne (Ind.), held several ministerial posts during Sebastián Piñera's tenure. On 4 November 2012 he said he was willing to become the right's candidate for President.[5] On 17 November 2012 he was proclaimed as the right's pre-candidate by the Independent Democratic Union.[6] On 29 Abril 2013, Golborne declined his candidacy after the Supreme Court fined his former employer Cencosud for illegally raising credit card maintenance fees, which Golborne as chief executive officer of the company had approved. At the same time there were press reports of Golborne having offshore accounts in the British Virgin Islands, that he hadn't properly registered in his property statement.[7]

Nueva Mayoría candidatesEdit

All four candidates were officially registered on 30 April 2013.[8] Affiliates from all Nueva Mayoría parties plus independent electors were allowed to vote.

Candidate Remarks
Michelle Bachelet
The former President from 2006 to 2010 declared her intention to run for the presidency on 27 March 2013 during an act in El Bosque Commune (a poor suburb of Santiago), a few hours after arriving from New York City, where she had been working as head of UN Women before quitting two weeks before.[9] On 7 April 2013 the Broad Social Movement (MAS) proclaimed Bachelet as their candidate.[10] On 13 April 2013 Bachelet was proclaimed by the PS and the PPD,[11] as agreed on in December 2012.[12] On 25 May 2013 both the Communist Party[13] and the Citizen Left movement[14] decided to support Bachelet's candidacy.
José Antonio Gómez
Current senator. He says he will compete in a Concertación primary as long as they are held in a transparent way. Otherwise he says he may run directly as president outside of the coalition.[15] On 30 June 2013 he was proclaimed by the PRSD as their pre-candidate for a Concertación primary.[16]
Claudio Orrego
PDC primary ballot.

A primary was held on 19 January 2013 to determine the Christian Democratic Party's pre-candidate for the presidency. This primary was organized by the party and not under the new primary law. The contenders were Claudio Orrego and Ximena Rincón. Orrego won the primary with 59% of the vote.[17]

  • Claudio Orrego, former minister and mayor, had said in January 2012 that he would seek reelection as mayor of Peñalolén in the October 2012 election, but that he did not rule out running for president.[18] However, on 3 March 2012 he launched his candidacy for the presidency.[19]
  • Ximena Rincón, senator, had expressed her willingness to compete in a Concertación primary during a television interview on 23 December 2011.[20]
Provisional results[21]
Candidate Votes % Result
Claudio Orrego 33,175 59.2 PDC candidate
Ximena Rincón 22,853 40.8
Valid votes 56,028 100.0
Null and blank votes 235 0.4
Total votes 56,263 100.0
Andrés Velasco
Former Finance Minister during President Michelle Bachelet's tenure. He said he was willing to compete in a Concertación primary only if Bachelet decides not to run for reelection.[22] In May 2012 he declared he had changed his mind and that now he would compete regardless of Bachelet's participation.[23] He officially launched his pre-candidacy on 16 November 2012.[24] On 2 May 2013, already registered to compete in primaries, he condemned the Nueva Mayoría pact for failing to register candidates for legislative primary elections and threatened to quit the competition and run directly in the November election.[25] On 6 May 2013 he backpedaled, after party leaders pledged to carry out legislative primary elections wherever there were more than two candidates.[26]

Primary resultsEdit

Primary ballot for independent electors.
Primary ballot for Nueva Mayoría-party affiliates.
Primary ballot for Alianza-party affiliates.

Official and final results.

Candidate Party Votes % Result
(A) Nueva Mayoría primary
1 Michelle Bachelet PS 1,565,269 73.07 Nueva Mayoría candidate
2 José Antonio Gómez PRSD 108,365 5.05
3 Claudio Orrego PDC 189,752 8.85
4 Andrés Velasco Ind. 278,684 13.01
Total valid votes 2,142,070 100.00
(B) Alianza primary
5 Pablo Longueira UDI 415,087 51.37 Alianza candidate
6 Andrés Allamand RN 392,915 48.62
Total valid votes 808,002 100.00
Total valid votes 2,950,072 97.98
Null votes 45,986 1.52
Blank votes 14,832 0.49
Total votes 3,010,890 100.00
Eligible voters 13,307,182 22.63% turnout
Voting age population 13,087,161 23.01% turnout

Source: Tricel via Servel.


Michelle Bachelet casting her vote.
  • April 29, 2013: Golborne quits race, replaced by Longueira on same day.
  • May 1, 2013: Deadline to register in primaries.
  • May 31, 2013: Primary campaign advertising starts.
  • June 27, 2013: Primary campaign advertising ends.
  • June 30, 2013: Primaries held simultaneously nationwide.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Alianza inscribe candidaturas de Longueira y Allamand y sólo RN tendrá primarias parlamentarias | Política". La Tercera. 1990-01-01. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  2. ^ "Allamand entra de lleno a elecciones presidenciales y desoye a La Moneda - El Mostrador". Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  3. ^ post (1990-01-01). "RN proclama oficialmente a Andrés Allamand como precandidato presidencial | Política". La Tercera. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ post (2013-04-29). "Longueira es proclamado candidato por la UDI y asegura que mañana definirán participación en primarias frente a Allamand | Política". La Tercera. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  5. ^ "Laurence Golborne: 'Estoy disponible y me siento preparado para vencer a la candidata de la Concertación' | País | La Tercera Edición Impresa". 1990-01-01. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  6. ^ "Golborne es proclamado oficialmente por la UDI como precandidato presidencial". 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Andres, Luis. "Chile's Golborne quits president race amid scandal". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  8. ^ " - Oposición inscribe a sus candidatos para las primarias en Servel". 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  9. ^ "BBC News - Chile ex-president Bachelet to run for re-election". 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  10. ^ BioBioChile. "MAS proclama a Bachelet como su candidata presidencial - BioBioChile". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  11. ^ "PS y PPD proclaman a Michelle Bachelet". 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  12. ^ post (2012-12-20). "PS y PPD pactan gesto a Bachelet antes de primarias DC | Política". La Tercera. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  13. ^ BioBioChile. "Partido Comunista decidió apoyar a Michelle Bachelet en las primarias - BioBioChile". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  14. ^
  15. ^ BioBioChile (2012-01-26). "biobiochile - Senador Gómez desconfía de primaria y advierte con llevar candidatura presidencial a primera vuelta". Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  16. ^ "Radicales proponen a Gómez como candidato a primarias presidenciales de la Concertación « Radio Universidad de Chile – Diario Electrónico". Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  17. ^ BioBioChile. "Claudio Orrego gana primarias presidenciales de la DC - BioBioChile". Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  18. ^ BioBioChile. "BioBioChile - Claudio Orrego se repostula como alcalde, pero no descarta una pre candidatura presidencial". Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  19. ^ post (2012-02-20). "Claudio Orrego oficializó su candidatura presidencial | Política". La Tercera. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  20. ^ "Ximena Rincón admite que quiere ser candidata presidencial". 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  21. ^ "Claudio Orrego se convierte en la carta presidencial de la DC". El Mercurio (in Spanish). 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  22. ^ "Candidatura presidencial de Andrés Velasco dependerá de Bachelet". 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  23. ^ "Andrés Velasco: "Si Obama le ganó a Hillary Clinton, por qué no puedo yo ganarle a Bachelet" - El Mostrador". 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  24. ^ post (1990-01-01). "Ex ministro Velasco lanza campaña presidencial y refuerza distancia de Bachelet | Política". La Tercera. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  25. ^ "Velasco amenaza con restarse de primarias presidenciales | País | La Tercera Edición Impresa". 1990-01-01. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  26. ^ post (1990-01-01). "Velasco descarta retirarse de primarias y afirma que su 'indignación' generó un cambio de actitud en los partidos | Política". La Tercera. Retrieved 2013-05-26.

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