If the opinion polls are right then Spain’s ruling socialist party looks like losing power in a General Election on the 20th of November.
Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba is the the party’s candidate. He is popular, but austerity measures and the highest unemployment rate in Europe are making it an uphill struggle for his party.
This is what he told an election rally on Thursday: “Spain has a dramatic problem of unemployment, with young people and not so young. And we cannot wait for the economy to grow for create more jobs. That’s a task for the state.”
The man the opinion polls say will win is Mariano Rajoy, leader of the centre-right Popular Party.
His victory is predicted despite his party not having yet published a full manifesto.
Addressing supporters in Andalucia, Rajoy said: “What we have to do is to choose between continuing on the same path, getting worse and worse, or change the direction to find the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Rajoy has not said exactly where he sees that light, but analysts say voters are simply keen to ditch the socialists and take a chance with the PP, even if they do not know the party’s full intentions.