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Is there any difference between "postularse a" and "postularse para" ? Example:

Mi padre se postuló a/para senador.

  • i think you will use the "a" to indicate "who" and "para" to indicate "to" for example "postularon a jose" and "jose se postulo para" – Mike Nov 26 '19 at 20:08
  • What does "postularon a Jose" mean? – Alan Evangelista Nov 26 '19 at 20:21
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    I agree with @Mike that "para" will usually introduce the position (though "a" can also be informally used with that function). "a" will generally introduce the person being proposed, for example: El presidente postuló a su hijo para el cargo de embajador. We can also use "como": El presidente postuló a su hijo como embajador. – Gustavson Nov 26 '19 at 20:33
  • @AlanEvangelista "postularon a juan" means : "juan was postulated" – Mike Nov 26 '19 at 20:35
  • @Mike that meaning makes no sense in this context. "to postulate" = to suggest or assume the existence or truth of something as a basis for further reasoning. From the example given by Gustavson above, I think you meant "to nominate" or "to propose" instead. – Alan Evangelista Nov 26 '19 at 22:53
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“Postularse para X” is equivalent to “postularse a X” (where X is a post). This can be the title given to the person occupying the post (presidente, senador, etc.) or the name of the office (la presidencia, la senaduría) or something more general like una banca en la Cámara de Diputados ("a seat in the Chamber of Deputies/Representatives"). According to your source, the usage with the preposition a is Latin American, and we're left to assume that the usage with para is European. In my experience (I'm Argentinian) both are used, but para sounds more formal.

Juan se postuló para un escaño en el Senado.
María se postula a la presidencia.

If you use the title you can also employ como:

Juan se postuló como senador.
María se postula como presidenta.

You can also use postularse with an infinitive subordinate phrase; in this case you can only use para:

Juan se postuló para ocupar un escaño en el Senado.
María se postula para llegar a la presidencia.

Note that this holds for postularse, the pronominal version of the verb. The basic verb postular, which means "to nominate", takes as its direct object the person that is nominated. Direct objects are preceded by a when they are animate, so “postular a Z” (where Z is a person) means "to nominate Z". If you choose to mention the office to which Z is nominated, you can use para or a (yes, a again), or como if you use the title:

El partido postuló a Juan al Senado.
La asamblea postula a María para la presidencia.
Queremos postular a José como nuestro representante.

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