Change and no change for Alicante province
AS expected, the PSOE socialists were Alicante province’s most-voted party but this was the least surprising aspect of last Sunday’s elections.
The socialists won four seats as they did in the April elections, but despite taking more votes than any other party in 11 municipalities including Alicante City, Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Altea, Alfaz and San Vicente, they lost 22,000 votes.
The Partido Popular retained its three seats and was most-voted in its traditional heartlands of La Nucia, Finestrat, Orihuela and Santa Pola, while gaining 27,000 more votes province-wide than in the April election.
Polls suggesting that ultra-rightwing Vox would rise in the polls proved correct and its share of the vote increased by 50,000, giving the party three seats for Alicante province in the national parliament, compared with one last April.
In northern Alicante Vox was the most-voted party only in Guadalest but the picture changed in the southern Costa Blanca, where it took 12 towns, many of them in the Vega Baja.
Unidas Podemos also dropped from two to one seats, but the night’s biggest loser, both nationally and provincially was Ciudadanos, with its share of the Alicante poll dropping from 177,691 Alicante votes in April to 68,267.