Third Time's a Charm for Leading Presidential Candidate in Mexico
It looks likely that AMLO will finally get his chance to show if he can govern effectively and bring hope to millions of Mexicans seeking a better, more secure life. The impacts for the United States will certainly be significant and could be enormous.
There is no doubt that Mexico’s July 1 election will be historic. More than 3,000 public posts are at stake across the country, including an entirely new Congress, nine governorships and, of course, the presidency.
Most polls suggest that the Morena party, led by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), will score a big victory across the country.
Given that Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner, its second-largest export market and an essential partner for our homeland security, the impact here will be significant.
This is AMLO’s third bite at the presidential cherry: His newly created party is currently expected to win up to five governorships, will come close to or could obtain a majority in both chambers of the congress, and AMLO himself holds what appears to be an unassailable lead of 15 to 20 percent in the presidential vote polls.
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