Incumbent PM’s Socialist Party is expected to win Sunday’s snap polls, but the absolute majority remains elusive.
Portugal’s upcoming general vote is expected to see the far-right Chega party secure 10 times more seats than in 2019.
Refugees and the homeless live without electricity or water where not long ago, million-dollar cars used to race.
Pardons expected to be approved by cabinet on Tuesday, a move some analysts say could deepen divide.
People no longer have to wear masks in the territory, where 85 percent have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Isabel Diaz Ayuso has kept bars open in the pandemic, winning praise among businesses who have named a beer after her.
Infectious strains, sluggish vaccine rollouts and a lax attitude to social distancing have seen cases surge.
While separatist parties increased their majority, the far-right Vox party will enter parliament for the first time.
Regional elections scheduled for Sunday may see Vox win its first seats in the Catalan parliament, forecasts suggest.
Far-right parties are increasingly popular as the health crisis weighs, a shift which could be felt for years.