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Graphic shows three presidential candidates in Mexico’s June 2 election.


Mexico set for first female president

By Duncan Mil

May 28, 2024 - With two women leading the contest, Mexicans will vote Sunday in historic elections with the governing Morena party and the opposition coalition both choosing female candidates.

More than 20,000 congressional and local positions are also up for grabs on June 2, according to the National Electoral Institute.

However, in what is the most violent election campaign in Mexico’s history, criminal groups have used local elections as an opportunity to exert power. Cartels and gangs have battled for turf and more than 20 people seeking political office have been killed this year alone.

Candidate Claudia Sheinbaum, 61, the former mayor of Mexico City, has maintained a comfortable double-digit lead in polls for months. She promises continuation of populist leader López Obrador’s legacy and is backed by his ruling Morena party.

Xóchitl Gálvez, 61, an outspoken opposition senator and tech entrepreneur, is the candidate of the broader Fuerza y Corazón por México (Strength and Heart for Mexico) coalition.

The third candidate is little-known Jorge Álvarez Máynez, a former federal congressman from the Citizen Movement party. He has focused on trying to win the young vote.

PUBLISHED: 28/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images