There was snow on the rails in Florence, with the regional rail system crawling to a halt, overflowing streams, and insane traffic with a 11-kilometer traffic jam on the motorway, overwhelming the city’s already precarious traffic network. The conditions on this last day of campaigning, drenched by a cold, incessant rain, have convinced even Matteo Renzi to cancel the planned program.
The secretary of the Democratic Party and its candidate for the Senate had thought, as usual, to put on a grand show, with a rally in the Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the city. But, in the end, the order came down to cancel the outdoors event: the large pots of ribollita and lampredotto and the bowls of mulled wine were brought to the Obihall, the old tent theater with a capacity of about 1,500 people, for an event that the PD had put a lot of effort into organizing as well as possible: buses had been hired to bring candidates and supporters over from Empoli, Prato, Pistoia and Pisa.
The inclement weather these days—cold wind, snow, freezing rain—mirrors the mood within the Democratic Party, which is finding out that it is not unbeatable even in Tuscany. The center-left coalition is in danger in at least three districts (Lucca, Massa and Grosseto), and is not sure of victories even in Pistoia and Arezzo. “This was a campaign that focused on empty bellies,” goes the thinking among PD members, “and whoever is in government will not come out well from such a race.”