An election in the heartland of Mexico’s ruling party shows where country may be headed

6/2/2017 The Washington Post

Whoever wins the race for governor here in Mexico’s most populous state Sunday, there is one politician who has already come out on top, and he’s not even on the ballot.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the left-wing populist and former mayor of Mexico City, isn’t a candidate in Sunday’s race, at least not exactly. But he’s running for president next year and campaigning hard alongside his hand-picked candidate in the gubernatorial contest, Delfina Gómez. Her win Sunday — and by extension, his — would send shock waves through Mexico’s political and business elite.

Gómez, a former schoolteacher and relative newcomer, has been polling roughly even with Alfredo del Mazo, the scion of a powerful political dynasty and the standard-bearer of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that has ruled the state of Mexico for 86 years. Del Mazo also happens to be the cousin of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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