Whoever did the Country Email List calculations correctly was the right, not correista populism. Lasso's stubbornness in going to the second round, even violating his word, has a justification: he knew that, despite the wide difference achieved in the first round (32.7% to 19.7%), Arauz was Country Email List a winning candidate. Not only Country Email List because of his discursive poverty, because of his docility and because of the discredit of Correismo, but because Lasso's campaign strategists, led by Jaime Durán Barba, had some aces up their sleeve. Let's see.
The turning point in the presidential race came Country Email List with the debate between the two finalist candidates. Since Lasso's candidacy they knew of Arauz's insurmountable limitations in this area. His weak performance in the first Country Email List mandatory debate, before the first round, anticipated a disadvantageous situation for the Correismo candidate. Additionally, Arauz refused to participate in another debate convened by the media, which evidenced his Country Email List limited ability to deal with the media. Despite being a poor candidate, Lasso was able to tilt the results in his favor. In addition, he used a rhetorical trick that became devastating.
The phrase "Andrés, don't lie again", with which he Country Email List hammered the debate, flooded both social networks and the political environment in a few hours. The idea of a candidate who did not tell the truth was cleverly positioned. The Country Email List revelation of an employment relationship between Arauz and the government of Lenín Moreno as an official of the Central Bank, which he tried to deny with misleading arguments, was used as the spearhead of Lasso's dirty campaign. As a complement to that revelation, the collection of a Country Email List juicy compensation was used for his resignation from that position, right in the middle of the pandemic and after having been on unpaid leave for several years.