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Gubernatorial Elections in Mexico Show Morena as a Rising Party, PRI in Trouble

LADB Article ID: 80321
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-06-14
By: Carlos Navarro

The governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) won two very narrow—and highly questioned—victories in the gubernatorial elections in the states of México and Coahuila on June 4 while losing the gubernatorial race in Nayarit state and several mayoral seats in Veracruz state. “It was a bad Sunday for the PRI,” columnist Salvador Camarena wrote in the daily business newspaper El Financiero, pointing out the party’s defeat in Nayarit and the fact it received 1 million fewer votes than in 2011 in México state, the home state of President Enrique Peña Nieto. On top of that, the party lost a large number of municipalities in Veracruz state, including the capital of Xalapa and the important port cities of Tuxpan, Coatzacoalcos, and Veracruz. The México state results were not entirely what the upstart Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) had targeted: It’s goal was to win. However, Morena, a center-left party created by two-time presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, came within three percentage points of victory, giving it strong momentum heading into the 2018 presidential and congressional elections. A dark cloud hangs over both the México state and Coahuila gubernatorial elections, with the second-place finishers alleging that the PRI resorted to unfair electoral tactics—and outright fraud—to earn victories for its candidates.

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