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Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he can still get re-elected in October even after ending a key primary vote more than 15 percentage points behind his main contender.

Sunday’s defeat to opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez is a result of the economic hardship South America’s second-largest country has endured recently, Macri told reporters at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires. He added that he heard the voters’ message.

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