The campaign to win voters' support in the Spanish general election officially started at midnight last night and today, Friday 12th, is the first full day of campaigning.
Ahead are two weeks of wall-to-wall coverage of the campaign that will end on Friday 26 April. Saturday 27th is a day of reflection under Spanish electoral law, with no campaigning, and Sunday 28th is polling day.
A survey published this week by the government-run CIS polling agency was heavily commented on in the media. It showed the PSOE Socialist party as biggest party according to voting intention, estimated to win 123-138 seats in the 350-seat Congreso, the lower house, but short of the 176 majority needed. This would be significantly up on the seats won last time in 2016.
The other main headline from the CIS survey was that the three right-of-centre parties, Ciudadanos, Partido Popular (PP) and Vox wouldn't have enough to form a majority. The PP, according to the CIS data, would see a significant fall in seats from 137 in 2016 to between 66-76 this year. The survey also showed that 40 per cent of voters were still to make up their minds.
For last night's launch meetings, all the main parties chose rallies in Madrid, except the PSOE that organised a meeting near Seville.