27 January 2020
"Italy's hard-right League leader Matteo Salvini has failed to overturn decades of left-wing rule in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna in an election that brought relief to the embattled centre-left."
Emilia-Romagna: Hard right fails to seize leftist stronghold (Al Jazeera, link):
"With 98 percent of the ballots counted, incumbent Democratic Party (PD) Governor Stefano Bonaccini had won 51.4 percent of the vote from Sunday's poll, compared with 43.7 percent for Lucia Borgonzoni, the candidate backed by the League and its allies, interior ministry data showed.
Salvini had campaigned relentlessly in the region, a left-wing stronghold for 70 years, since the start of the year, seeking a shock victory that he hoped would bring down the national government, which includes the PD and is riven by internal strife.
"The ruling majority comes out [of the regional elections] stronger," said PD leader Nicola Zingaretti, adding that Salvini had failed in his attempt to "shove the government out"."
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