POLITICS – Who imagines Christian Jacob … throwing himself full length on the finish line to cap his opponents at the post? For sports fans, Republicans go do a “Shaunae Miller”, named after this Bahamian athlete who, in 2018, ended her hurdle race with an improbable dive, where the best way for her to steal the title of Olympic champion from her competitor Alison Felix.
For The Republicans, gold medal point. But the prize for the most active political party in choosing its candidate with a view to 2022. The party of the rue de Vaugirard claims, indeed, more than 130,000 members to date, this Tuesday, for the deadline for registrations to the Congress of designation, that is to say 10,000 more than the ecologists for their primary.
A success for Christian jacob and his troops, who had set the symbolic bar of 100,000 participants as an objective. The future winner will be able to boast, like you can see it with our roundup below, to benefit from the best popular support.
At the last score, given on Monday, at the end of the day, by BFMTV, The Republicans count precisely 132,558 militants to date of contribution, against 79,181 last September 25, during the choice of the mode of designation, that is to say an increase of 53,000 in two months.
A figure, certainly, incommensurate with the 4 million French people who spoke during the open primary of the right in 2016, but higher than that of environmentalists before this presidential election. A symbolic data above all?
The Greens, who have decided to organize an open process, hardly comparable to the method chosen by LR, which consists of giving the floor only to activists, had gathered some 122,670 voters in the first round on September 19. .
A record for Yannick Jadot, the winner, and the green pole, which saw the electoral college of this internal process be multiplied by seven or eight in five years. In 2016, only 17,000 French people took part in the vote and finally chose the MEP EELV, this time facing Cécile Duflot. They were 33,000 in 2011.
Still on the left, other political groups have asked for the assent of their militants. Especially for the form. Fabien Roussel, for example, who conquered the head of the French Communist Party in 2018, on the promise of an autonomous candidacy in the great election, has could count on the vote of 30,000 activists, on May 9th.
Result: 82% of them have designated it to wear the colors of the centenary party next spring. A first since 2007 -and Marie-George Buffet- after two presidential elections passed in the shadow of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Socialist activists, too, were called upon to speak out. According to the account of Release, 22,480 activists voted last October 14 to designate (72.4% of the vote), Anne Hidalgo as candidate. In detail, the mayor of Paris collected 15,335 votes, against the 5,746 of former minister Stéphane Le Foll.
Which is far below the previous internal elections to the Rose Party. In 2006, Ségolène Royal won the (closed) PS primary with the support of 60% of the 180,000 voters. The next two primaries, open, in 2011 and 2016, mobilized 2.6 and 1.6 million French people (for the first round.)
Among the Insoumis, we claim the effective support of 260,000 French people. But is it that easy? Jean-Luc Mélenchon announced his intention to run for the presidency of the Republic, for the third time in a row, on November 8, on TF1. For this, the deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône asked for a “popular investiture” with 150,000 sponsorships.
A goal reached four days later and a candidacy endorsed, a posteriori, by 260,000 citizens, if we are to believe the counter set up for the candidate’s campaign at the time of writing.
Other contenders do not bother with these internal processes or other citizen sponsorship quests, yet seen as so many means to legitimize its ambitions. This is the case, for example, of Arnaud Montebourg, the former socialist minister for productive recovery, who announced his project for a “remountada of France” on September 4, or of the far-right polemicist, Éric Zemmour, whose presidential intentions continue to shape the pre-campaign.
More specifically, Marine Le Pen, who can, unlike the other two, count on a political formation (and its activists) did not ask for the formal support of her camp. The deputy, candidate for the Elysee Palace for the third time in a row, was nevertheless reelected at the head of the National Gathering at the beginning of last July, with the support of 98% of the members. The authorities had, then, not wished to disclose the number of voters in this internal election … where she was the only one in the running.
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This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.
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