The government lost the maximum bet of this campaign: to win in the first round. The electoral result is an unquestionable denial to the government’s marketing optimism since those in power never hesitated to say they would win with the majority of votes in the first round. The ruling party bought that speech given by Rafael Correa before admitting that he would not be a candidate in this election.
This gives greater prominence to Lenin Moreno’s electoral stumble. He has the highest number of votes in the first round but knows that 65% of the country voted against him. Politically, this seals the loss of Rafael Correa’s call and the wear and tear of an apparatus that was constituted, articulated and worked around a warlord. An apparatus designed for a time of economic boom, which silenced the differences in its ranks and blindly followed the leader. It was also not prepared for leadership changes, political dissensions, and the ethical exercise of power. This is evidenced by the miserable attitude taken in the face of blatant cases of corruption in which Jorge Glas and other hierarchs of the government are involved. The adverse results for the government, in the light of its expectations, prove that a large segment of voters also punished the accesory after the fact attitude of Rafael Correa before corruption in four ways: the search of scapegoats, by gilding the pill, by kicking the ball toward front and victimizing himself.