After Torino it’s up to Rome and Bologna. The center left returns to vote in the primaries. Today, from 8 to 21, the polls will reopen to choose the last two candidates for mayors of the big cities to vote in the autumn. After flop turnout of the Piedmontese capital, the real puzzle is linked to the number of voters who will go to the gazebos: 90 in Rome, 43 in Bologna. There are many “pitfalls” that could threaten participation: the first weekend in the white zone, warm by the sea and also the European match between Italy and Wales. Enrico Letta, although aware of the difficulties, he pushes for mobilization: “Thanks to the many volunteers who are working to make it possible for thousands of citizens to participate in the primaries tomorrow in Bologna and Rome. To the critics of our preference for participation, I say that we are like that. And, on this, we will not change ”.
The challenge between candidates and the stakes, in the capital and in the city of the two towers, are different but equally crucial for the Pd and for alliances in the center-left. If in Rome the outcome is taken for granted, with the former minister Roberto Gualtieri given as a favorite and to which the support of ministers arrives today Andrea Orlando e Lorenzo Guerini and the president of the European Parliament David Sassoli, much more fierce was the electoral campaign of the two Bolognese candidates, in a head to head full of cross-accusations. The main spotlight is mainly on Rome, of course. In the capital the challenge is seven: Roberto Gualtieri, supported by the dem management, will play with the president of the III Municipality and former councilor at the time of Ignazio Marino, Giovanni Caudo, supported by the former mayor, with the deputy of Leu, Stefano Fassina, the civic Tobia Zevi, Paolo Ciani, l’ex M5S Cristina Grancio (who runs for the PSI) and Imma Battaglia, a historic activist for LGBT rights. The goal is to tap the turnout of 46 thousand voters recorded in 2015, in a left shaken by the ruinous fall, complete with a parade by the notary, of the Marino junta. The prospects do not look rosy, at least according to the just under 3 thousand bookings for online voting recorded on the eve of the consultation. The latest poll measured the turnout in one very wide scissors, between 40 and 80 thousand voters, noting that “the result seems obvious but in case of low turnout and only militant vote there could be surprises”. The same survey gives Gualtieri 47% of the votes. The eventual winner will then see the administrative against the outgoing Virginia Raggi, the leader of Action, Carlo Calenda, and the ‘trident’ of the center-right, composed of Enrico Michetti, Simonetta Matone and Vittorio Sgarbi.
In Bologna, however, the head to head is only between Matteo Lepore e Isabella Conti: the candidate supported by the “firm” of Pd against the young mayor of San Lazzaro di Savena, which has as a sponsor Matteo Renzi but above all the former Renzians who remained among the dem with a reformist base. Even in this the numbers will be fundamental, because the target is to bring at least 20 thousand citizens to vote in the primary. The premises, however, bode well, given that more than 5 thousand people have done so re-registration. If Lepore prevailed, who also received the endorsement of the leader in pectore del M5S, Giuseppe Conte, there would be an opening to try to build a broad alliance in the elections, involving not only Leu but also the same Cinquestelle. Which is the real issue on today’s voting table.