José Antonio Kast, with 18% voting intention, is the runner-up for the Chilean presidential election of this year. Leading the way is the leftist candidate Gabriel Boric, with 21%. If the trend is confirmed, both will go to the runoff.
The pro-government candidate Sebastián Sichel, with 10%, is in free fall and now appears in fourth place, behind the Social-Christian Yasna Provoste, with 13%. There are 9 registered candidates competing for the Presidency.
The data is from the most recent Cadem opinion poll, published on October 10 (you can see it in full here, in Spanish). All other polls conducted in the last 30 days portray (with marginal differences) the same scenario.
José Antonio Kast is founder of the Republican Party, of the political movement Republican Action, and is one of the first members of the Political Network for Values. He is married to María Pía Adriasola Barroilhet, with whom he has nine children. He was a deputy, from 2002 to 2018, for the Independent Democratic Union (UDI) and a non-party candidate for president in 2017, when he obtained more than half a million votes (8% of the total).
His political agenda is clear and straightforward. The promotion of and respect for human dignity, life, family, and fundamental freedoms occupy a central place un it.
In September, Kast had 10% support, and in one month he has grown rapidly and consistently. After the first TV debate, Sichel (who was in second place in the voting intention and was presented as the “only viable option” of the center right to stop Boric’s arrival to power) began to fall sharply, losing 7 points from one week to another, while Kast (right-wing and conservative) took Sichel’s position and hasn’t stopped growing since then.
On the left, Boric, who had been stable for months as leader in vote intention, began to fall and Provoste began to grow timidly.
Chile’s presidential election will be held on November 21. If the trends portrayed by the polls prove right, we will have José Antonio Kast, a candidate of values and a member of our network, at the gates of La Moneda Palace.