The PSC’s remarkable electoral cycle, which saw its penultimate episode less than two months ago in the municipal elections, has been prolonged in this general election by a landslide victory. The Socialists are not only sweeping Barcelona, they are advancing to first place in 65 of 67 municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants. The only exceptions, in favor of Junts, Vic and Banyoles, numbers 24 and 66 respectively in the ranking of Catalan cities, although the PSC in the Osona capital was close to carrying out a sorpasso.
In many municipalities in the metropolitan area, the Socialists practically double their nearest rival in votes, but they also manage to win a clear victory in the population often dodgy to their interests.
The scrutiny of the capital bore no resemblance to the sensational scrutiny of the night of May 28th. From the first moment, it was noted that the PSC, which has so far won 10 out of 15 public meetings held in Barcelona, including the last two, will not have a competitor. The Socialists are practically doubling the harvest of Soumar, who starred in an intense struggle for second place with the People’s Party dissolving in favor of the nomination, which had the support of former mayor Ada Colao.
In Badalona, the Socialists largely overtook the People’s Party without the candidate Albiol
The struggle for the dominance of a waning independence movement on this occasion chose the EER in a day that confirmed, in case anyone still doubted it, that the great result of Guntes in the municipal elections had one person responsible, a candidate named Xavier and surnamed Trias.
The party of the current mayor, Jaume Colboni, has dyed the map of Barcelona red. In the repeated elections of 2019, the Socialists won only three regions (Ciutat Vella, Horta-Guinardó and Nou Barris). This time they added six more and only PP’s victory at Sarrià-Sant Gervasi avoided ten out of ten. The area where the popular areas, also in their era CiU or in the municipality of Trias, forbid having higher rents, with its commitment to change the government in Spain, monochrome Barcelona.
The film is repeated from the capital, to a greater or lesser extent, in almost all large Catalan cities. In the second, Hospitalet de Llobregat, he tripled the votes of the political council of the second political force, the Popular Party. In Terrassa, Soumar sneaks up the second podium ahead of popularity. And the same thing happens in Sabadell, where the top positions have identical juniors.
Nine of the ten provinces are on the side of the PSC, only Sarrià-Sant Gervasi chooses the People’s Party.
But if one city represents PSC’s contribution to PSOE results better than opinion polls indicate, this is Badalona. The coastal municipality of Barcelona is the best indication of the extent to which the electoral strength of a party can depend on the support generated by a particular politician, in this case a candidate for mayor. Two months ago, in the municipal elections, Xavier García Albiol received 37,000 votes from the PSC candidate. In the general election, with Albiol already mayor but without Albiol’s candidate, the Socialists won by a margin of 24,000 ballots over People’s.
Catalan provincial capitals follow the general rule and witness clear victories of the PSC. In Tarragona and Lleida, the two cities that have had Socialist mayors since June 17, Salvador Ella’s party is close to doubling the results of the second, and in both cases also the People’s Party. Clara, likewise, is the victory in Girona ahead of Junts and ERC and where the formation of the new mayor, Lluc Salellas, fails by a big blow and drops to sixth.