Presidential 2022: Republicans have more than 125,000 members to vote at their congress


President of the Republicans Christian Jacob during his greetings to the press in January (illustration)

POLITICS – This was one of the LR congress “off” objectives: to exceed the number of voters in the EELV primary to nominate the LR presidential candidate. They were 122,670 to vote in the first round on September 19 for the four contenders for the ecological primary, before finally appointing Yannick Jadot the following week.

However, the EELV process was open to everyone, for the sum of two euros and the signing of a charter of values. This is therefore not really comparable to the process acted by LR in September which consists in making vote only the members of the party, up to date with contributions (30 euros per year and 15 euros for young people or job seekers).

Goal achieved

But the symbolism is important, and the objective largely achieved for the party of Christian Jacob which had set the bar of 100,000 members for a success of its congress which will take place from September 1 to 4.

According to the last count given by the party to BFMTV on Saturday, November 13, they are 125,273 to have their membership card up to date. They were 79,181 on September 25 invited to decide how to appoint their candidate (23,095 took part in the vote), an increase of more than 46,000 members in two months.

A reason for satisfaction for a party in difficulty after the defeat of François Fillon in the first round of the presidential election of 2017 and the grip of Emmanuel Macron on many tenors from the training, starting with his two Prime Ministers, Édouard Philippe and Jean Castex.

This summer again, Xavier Bertrand claimed to go alone to conquer 2022 and Valérie Pécresse, another candidate for this congress no longer had her party card. Since then, the two former ministers of Nicolas Sarkozy have resumed their card. There are now five on the starting line with Philippe Juvin, Éric Ciotti and Michel Barnier.

Ongoing debates

The first debate organized on LCI on November 8 brought together more than 800,000 viewers and the second on BFMTV on Sunday November 14 allows them to continue to occupy the space before two other televised confrontations during the month until the final vote from the 1st to the 4th. December.

As planned in September, party memberships are open until two weeks before the vote, this Tuesday, November 16, midnight. We will then know the final number of potential voters at the congress planned over two rounds.

At the end of 2020, Christian Jacob’s party had 65,381 up-to-date members. The work of the party during the year and the establishment of the congress will therefore have almost doubled this number, in less than a year.

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