These are the official percentages of the Italian Democratic Party primaries on Sunday: 70.01 percent for Renzi, 19.50 percent for Orlando and 10.49 percent for Emiliano. The outgoing secretary is back thanks to 1.2 million votes, which are more or less those he had gotten when he challenged Bersani in 2012, when he was clearly defeated. This time, thanks to abstention — up to half in some regions (Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Marche) — it was a triumph for Renzi.
The official data had not been released until Wednesday night because of protests from Orlando’s supporters. The votes in Campania were still pending Thursday, because the Naples prosecutor has opened a file on complaints of fraud at the Ercolano poll station. According to videos documented by Fanpage, immigrants were driven to vote for Renzi. There are also other appeals by supporters of Orlando in Caserta and Baronissi.
Meanwhile, the relationship between the votes cast at the last elections — 2008 and 2013 — and the number of participants in the primaries in the previous year open disturbing scenarios for the Democratic Party. The ratio has remained more or less constant.