For the first time since Spain embraced democracy in 1977 the two party system has ruptured. The anti-austerity Podemos and market-friendly Ciudadanos have joined the traditional right and left.
“All of the parties are chasing the undecided voters. It’s likely there are less undecided for the ruling Popular Party than for the Socialists. So they, the Socialists will be affected but it mostly affects Podemos because that represents their chance to win,” explained Ramon Cotarelo Professor of Political Science National Distance Education University
Polls show one in five voters who say they will take part in the parliamentary election have yet to make up their minds. Analysts believe the arrival of the two new parties has aided this uncertainty .
“I have in mind two parties but I feel deceived by politics. As there have been many cases of corruption I do not even know if I will vote at all,” said Antonio Sanchez while another potential voter Raquel Bernal said: “The truth is that I don’t know. I am still very undecided. I think I will wait until the last moment.”
And to lure those yet to make up their minds the leaders have embraced new campaigns – playing the guitar on TV, showcasing cooking skills and commentating on football.
But it is the political game of coalition negotiations after the ballot which could decide who rules.