No flop. At least that’s how they claim in the Democratic Party that they relaunch that about 40 thousand people voted. The figure suggests in dem environments a final turnout above the bar reached which the Roman leaders of the Democratic Party would be said to be satisfied. Of course, it is nothing to do with the approximately 100,000 participants in 2013, when Ignazio Marino won, but compared to the 43,000 valid votes in 2016 (47,000 voters) no debacle. Among the seven contenders, the favorite is undoubtedly the dem Roberto Gualtieri, Minister of Economy in the Conte bis. “We are demonstrating that the people of the center-left are there”, the satisfied comment of the secretary of the Democrats Enrico Letta, who already in mid-afternoon spoke of a “large turnout”, both in the capital and in Bologna. After a long reflection within the Democratic Party – which Nicola Zingaretti would have preferred in the first place – Gualtieri, academic, deputy dem and former holder of the Economy, came forward in early May. Now the party led by Letta is focusing strongly on him: the goal is to win the primary, then the ballot and, finally, to gain the first seat in Palazzo Senatorio. Who knows, maybe also thanks to a Giallorossi alliance to be built in the second round. But the road is still long and full of obstacles. Gualtieri, after having voted, spoke of “a beautiful day” with “over a thousand volunteers” on the pitch, but above all with the Romans who have shown their willingness to contribute to the construction of a “great team and alliance”. So, the emphasis: with the heat and the match of Italy “participation is even more extraordinary”. To challenge him six other candidates: Imma Battaglia, Giovanni Caudo, Paolo Ciani, Stefano Fassina, Cristina Grancio and Tobia Zevi. In the morning, the committee of Giovanni Caudo, mini-mayor of the III municipality and former city planning councilor of the Marino junta, reported in some polling stations “lightness in document checks or even obvious violations”. There would have been some problems, later solved, with the vote of sixteen year olds and foreign citizens. While, on the social front, the Roman Pd ended up in the spotlight, posting a card on Facebook with six empty boxes and a single crossed out name: that of Gualtieri. The gimmick annoyed the candidate Imma Battaglia, a historic LGBT activist: “I would like to remind you that votes are won with information, programs and ideas, and not by obscuring names”. And the leader of Action Carlo Calenda did not miss an opportunity to argue, with the usual irony: “To the voice of open primaries. A true exercise of democracy. Daje”. “You won’t hear a single controversial word from me,” Letta replies coldly. Even after the primaries, the center-left camp will remain crowded for the Capitol challenge, given that both Calenda and the mayor of the M5s Virginia Raggi are candidates against the Michetti-Matone center-right ticket. Already in the morning, in the 187 gazebos scattered around the city, there was a cautious optimism: from San Giovanni to Donna Olimpia up to Cesano, people lined up to vote and, among others, they were spotted at the Monteverde seat also Nanni Moretti. In via Appia, on the sides of the banquet protected to the good to vote, the ballot boxes were two boxes, one with the word “Town Hall” and one with the one “candidate for mayor”. The ballots, on the other hand, as in the other gazebos, were two identical white sheets, different from each other only in the colors with which the names of the candidates were reported, so much so that some voters reported the risk that, once folded, could have been placed in the wrong urn. “We tried to differentiate as clearly as possible, we can’t do more than that,” the volunteers shrugged. Letta’s heartfelt thanks went to them and all the militants: “They made this day of celebration, people and democracy possible”.