Can Milei Still Win in Argentina?

Join Reason on YouTube and Facebook at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday for a discussion with Argentine libertarian writer Marcos Falcone about Argentina's recent election results and the upcoming runoff.


Javier Milei, the firebrand libertarian candidate for Argentina's presidency, surprised the world with a first-place finish in the primaries this August. But in the presidential election this past weekend, he finished second behind Peronist candidate Sergio Massa, Argentina's current economy minister. Neither candidate passed the threshold needed to become the next president, so they will have a head-to-head rematch on November 19.

Does Milei still have a chance? Why did Argentina's markets falter after Milei came out ahead this summer? And why are Massa's allies in the government handing out money to voters?

Join Reason's Zach Weissmueller and Liz Wolfe this Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern on Reason's YouTube channel or Facebook page to discuss these questions and more with Marcos Falcone, a political scientist, project manager at Argentina's Fundación Libertad, and podcast host.


Sources referenced in this conversation:

Argentina's 2023 presidential election results

"Argentina's (Unexpected) Libertarian Moment," by Marcos Falcone

"Argentina's presidential election delivers a surprise result,The Economist

Support for Milei by party affiliation, Economist Intelligence Unit

"A man, a plan, a chainsaw," by Daniel Politi and David Biller

"Is Javier Milei's Movement in Argentina a Cult of Personality in the Name of Libertarianism?" by Antonella Marty and Jose Benegas

"What's in Javier Milei's head?" by Federico Rivas Molina