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Competitive Gubernatorial Election Expected in México State on June 4

LADB Article ID: 80306
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-05-24
By: Carlos Navarro

The upcoming gubernatorial race in México state could serve as a bellwether event for the 2018 presidential election. Analysts believe the June 4 election will measure the mood of voters, determining how much support the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) has lost in this stronghold state and whether the upstart Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), founded by center-left figure Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has gained sufficient ground to become a factor in the presidential race. Gubernatorial elections are also scheduled in Coahuila and Nayarit, and analysts will be watching those races for trends as well. However, the México state race is considered the most important of the three because of the state’s large population, its proximity to Mexico City, and its political significance to the PRI. The PRI is represented by Alfredo del Mazo Maza, a member of a political dynasty. The biggest threat to Del Mazo comes from Morena candidate Delfina Gómez Álvarez, a teacher and school administrator who has managed to gain a reputation as an outsider despite her close connections to López Obrador.

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