Arauz obtained seven points less than Moreno in the Country Email List first round of 2017 (32.7% compared to 39.4% of the valid votes). In turn, Moreno, a candidate anointed in 2017 by Correa, had obtained in his election 18 points less than the record set by Correa himself in 2013, when he won in a single round with an overwhelming 57%. In summary, Country Email List the first round of 2021 showed the worst electoral participation of Correismo in a decade. The long interlude between the first and second laps With almost 33% of the vote in the first round of the Country Email List presidential elections, Arauz was in a clear advantage over Lasso for the second round. The conservative candidate reached a modest 19.7% of the valid votes on February 7.
Yaku Pérez had been in third place, outside the ballot, with 19.4% of the valid votes. Country Email List The key question was whether those 13-point difference between Arauz and Lasso could be Country Email List overcome or if, on the contrary, all that remained was to wait for a victory for Correa's Country Email List candidate. Arauz's advantage was quite visible, given Ecuador's electoral geography. Five provinces (of 24) concentrate more than 60% of the voters, and seven, more than 70%.
Four of these first seven provinces are on the Coast and are Country Email List territories where Correismo has always obtained majority electoral support. In the first round of 2021, Arauz reached a considerable vote –37% in El Oro, his lowest percentage, and 52% in Manabí, the best provincial performance of the correísta Country Email List candidate–. In all these provinces, Arauz's distance from the candidate who came second in each of them was, on average, 25 percentage points. Lasso, Country Email List for his part, had his best performance in Guayas (25% or 564,000 votes) and Pichincha (26% or 437,000 votes). Guayas, the province that includes Guayaquil