Angel Gabilondo, who suffered the worst results of the PSOE in Madrid's regional elections in its history, has complained that his "calm message" had not reached the masses. "I haven’t been able find space. I haven't succeeded," acknowledged the socialist candidate who tried for the third consecutive time to become the president of the regional government, but was unsuccessful the third.
The PSOE was humiliated to see how it won't be the dominant party on the left side of the political arc. Mas Madrid won second place and will take over the PSOE in the Madrid Assembly. It will have the same seats as the Socialists (24), but will get more votes.
The Socialists suffered a crushing defeat that started the day Isabel Diaz Ayuso called off the elections. For a few days, the PSOE questioned whether it should keep the former Minister for Education or find another candidate with a different profile to face Ayuso. This was in contrast to Gabilondo's professorial tone.
Pedro Sanchez, who was directly involved in the electoral process decided to continue it and put his whole team to work for his success. He started with Ivan Redondo, his chief of staff. Redondo personally directed the campaign. This is why the weight of defeat this time is distributed very well.