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Three Gubernatorial Elections to Test Strength of Mexico’s Governing Party

LADB Article ID: 80243
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-03-22
By: Carlos Navarro

Upcoming gubernatorial elections in three Mexican states could serve as important barometers for the presidential race in the summer of 2018. Political observers expect the upcoming votes to test the strength of the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI), particularly in light of the growing unpopularity of President Enrique Peña Nieto. To a smaller extent, the election will also measure the strength of center-left candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (National Regeneration Movement, Morena), who is leading in the very early polls for 2018. Gubernatorial elections in México, Coahuila, and Nayarit states are scheduled on June 4. The election in México state will be watched closely to determine how the PRI and Morena perform. Morena is not expected to be a factor in the Coahuila and Nayarit the elections, which will feature contests between the PRI and the conservative Partido Acción Nacional (National Action Party, PAN) and their coalition partners. The center-left Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Party of the Democratic Revolution, PRD) is running as part of the coalition led by the PAN in both states.

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