The states of Mexico and Coahuila closed the polls after 10 hours of voting this Sunday in which the polls predict a historic change, since they favor the Morena party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and unseat the historic PRI from power. During the day there have been several incidents, such as the arrest of six people for alleged vote buying.
The State of Mexico held a major electoral day this Sunday, June 4. 12.5 million citizens were called to vote to choose between Delfina Gómez and Alejandra del Moral as governor of their region for the period 2023-2029.
Delfina Gómez, candidate of the presidential party, already took her victory for granted on Twitter.
The change is already a fact in the #EdoMex, we have swept the polls! Thank you for your trust in this transformative project for our state, your well-being is the reason for my fight and will be the center of my government’s decisions. The story of a better land begins here… pic.twitter.com/MLZlHvuhrn
— Delfina Gómez A. (@delfinagomeza) June 5, 2023
For her part, Alejandra del Moral of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), said she was waiting for the official results to make a statement.
In the State of Coahuila, 2.3 million citizens were also registered to vote and elect the Governor and the deputies that will make up the new state Congress. The PRI declared itself the winner in this region.
Throughout election day, some incidents were reported, such as the arrest of 6 people for alleged electoral crimes in Cuautitlán Izcalli.
Delfina Gómez is close to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and leads the “Together We Make History” coalition, made up of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), Mexico Green Ecologist (PVEM) and Labor (PT) parties. If her victory in the State of Mexico is confirmed, she would replace the historic PRI, which has governed the state for 94 years.
Alejandra del Moral is the candidate of the “Va por el Estado de México” coalition, made up of the PRI and the National Action (PAN), the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and New Alliance (NA) parties.
The Mexican church called on the candidates not to forget a central challenge in Mexico, insecurity.
“This Sunday the 4th, elections are being held in two states of the Mexican Republic: the State of Mexico and Coahuila. Those who are elected have important challenges in their hands, such as the pacification of their states and the reduction of insecurity,” he said. the Archdiocese of Mexico.
Key elections ahead of the presidential
Being the most populous state, winning the State of Mexico implies reaching important fiscal resources.
“If Morena wins the State of Mexico, she would be at the head of the state with the largest voter registry, as well as the most populous (17 million people), but the important thing is the government’s resources,” Gustavo Martínez Valdés explained to EFE. expert in Political Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
According to the expert, winning these elections would put AMLO’s party on a very good path for the 2024 presidential elections. It would promote the candidacy of Claudia Sheinbaum, current head of government of Mexico City and probable presidential candidate of the Morena party for 2024.
“This great structure allows moving, if not, the 12.5 million voters on the register, let’s imagine that it is 30% – about 4 million -, it becomes a very relevant support and with that the chips on the board are positioned in front of the election next year’s presidential election,” said the expert.
The historic PRI in decline
This election could represent a turn in the history of the PRI, since by not winning in the state of Mexico, it would lose its historical hegemony and would have to redefine itself.
After being “a gigantic party in Mexico, since 2015 it has declined very strongly, but despite this decline, the PRI is not going to disappear, but it is becoming a legislative and regionalized party,” Valdés said.
Although in 2012, the PRI controlled 19 of the 32 regional governments, after this Sunday, it could control only 2 of them.
In addition, the party is accused of multiple corruption and co-optation scandals. Its president, Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas, is being investigated for money laundering, tax evasion, embezzlement and abuse of authority, among other things.
On the other hand, President AMLO continues to enjoy high popularity, especially thanks to his social programs and the feeling he gives of being closer to the Mexican people, and this, despite his attacks on democracy.
With EFE and local media