2020 Patriotic Front presidential primaries
The 2020 Patriotic Front presidential primaries are a series of electoral contests conducted by the Patriotic Front to select approximately 2,720 pledge delegates to the 2020 Patriotic National Convention. Delegates selected within the electoral contests are bound by state law to select the nominee for the president of the United Provinces for the 2020 United Provinces presidential election. If a candidate acquires 1,360 pledged delegates by April 29, they will be selected as the nominee. Elections occur from January 1st until April 29 in all 11 provinces, designated territories and among Patriots Abroad.
Separate from the pledge delegates selected by the individual provinces, the Patriotic Front will from its group of elected officials, party leaders, former influential leaders will appoint 195 unpledged delegates (also known as automatic delegates). These automatic delegates are allowed to cast their decisive vote prior to the convention's first ballot and the party is legally bound to publish these votes to the public.
During the initial January primary, held in New Pomerelia there were 19 major Patriotic presidential candidates. During the initial debate in Buenos Aires on February 1st, only six qualified, setting the record for the highest number of candidates in one presidential debate. Prior to the New Cumbria primary, 16 candidates have suspended their campaigns, leaving three candidates; incumbent president Adonis Renaud, Euhna Auriemma and Paúl Pousa.
Contest schedule and results
Surveyed by the Cisplatine Candidate Research in February found that Auriemma was the most conservative candidate within the race, with the report positioning her within the far-right. Considered a hardliner national conservative, she has consistently pushed for deregulation, cutting taxes and establishing a strong sense of law and order. She has openly denounced the Patriotic Front's connections with labor unions, claiming that the party's connection with labor interest inhibits the nation's economic growth. She promised to privatize several key industries within the country including the nation's state-owned steel company CisAço and the nation's commercial airline Cisplatine Airlines. Additionally proposals have included overturning the wealth tax, ending the estate tax and lowering the corporate tax to 7%.
In 2016 during her second term as governor of Cordillera, she was responsible for privatization of the CordCare, her provinces public healthcare option. This caused the rate of uninsured to rise from 14% to 21% over the course of four years. Major cuts were instituted and Cordillera was ranked in 2020 as the best Province for doing buisness, beating New Cumbria for the first time in thirty years. She reduced the province's income tax to 3% while raising sales taxes. In 2018 she placed a moratorium on public sector wages and forced the teachers unions into submission through a four week failed strike.
She has promised to protect the provinces right to ban same-sex marriage, and to appoint federal judges that would ultimately overturn rulings that provided access to abortion. Her immigration policy is considered the most open within the party, although has promised to grant visas on merit and skill rather than need. Auriemma in a speech in 2019 stated that she would initiate a mass deportation and detention scheme to remove Brazilians from the northern provinces. With mandatory cuts to education, welfare programs, she has stated that the government should refocus on rearming itself and drastically increase the nation's military expenditure.