Politics, European, municipal: Umbria and the "red" region's tarnished myth


"If they lose a few questions after 50 years they have to do it". Matteo Salvini repeated this sentence, describing it in various forms, throughout the electoral campaign for the regional elections. Thus foreshadowing a victory that would be historic. But Umbria – where we vote tomorrow from 7am to 11pm – is it really still a red region?THIS IS HOW YOU VOTE

Certainly the center-left has been guiding regional councils since 1970 (at that time the PCI came to 50,000 members out of 900,000 inhabitants) but the elections of the last two years tell another story. The first warning signal – for the progressive front – had already arrived in 2014 when the Municipality of Perugia was conquered by the forcist Andrea Romizi. That in the municipal elections of 2019 has routed the opponent – the Tg3 journalist Giuliano Giubilei – in the first round and with almost 60 percent of the votes. Certainly, the inquiry into Healthcare also had a bearing, which overwhelmed the regional government (with the resignation of the president dem Catiuscia Marini, under investigation, and other members of the junta). But the turning point had already been in the policies of March 2018 when the Cinquestelle had overtaken the Democratic Party by becoming the first party (27.5 percent against 24.8) and there had been a leap of the League to 20 percent.



Umbria, The regional vote combines the yellow-reds. Pd Leu and 5 Stars seek the comeback

And the Europeans? Here the triumph of Salvini was sanctioned, with a result even higher than the national average: 38.18 percent against 2.5 of the previous vote for Strasbourg and 34.3 of the whole Italian territory. A sensational case. With the sum of center-right parties over 50 percent.


The Democratic Party had instead fallen from 49 of the triumph recorded in 2014 to 23.9. And even the 5 Star Movement was down: 14.6 against 19.5 (adding the yellow-red votes to 39 percent). So the League, in the last trial of the polls, was firmly the first party. And that's not enough: even Terni – considered a red feud for a long time as Perugia, struggling with a complex industrial crisis – had passed to the center-right in the municipal elections of 2018. And the candidate of the Cinquestelle (and not of the center-left) had arrived at the ballot. Center-right mayor also in Todi and Foligno.

The Northern League traction coalition now governs 62 percent of local administrations. In short, the former red Umbria has long been a contestable region. So much so that the yellow-reds let understand that already reducing the delay of eleven points of the European vote compared to the opposing side would be a success. Will the civic Vincenzo Bianconi be able to change course?

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