Left-Winger López Obrador On Course to Be Next Mexican President

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 15, 2016, 8:53 pm
La ventaja de López Obrador sobre su más cercano contendiente es de más de 30 puntos. (El Economista)
López Obrador has a 30-point advantage over the second potential candidate. (El Economista)

EspañolWith Mexico’s 2018 elections in sight, a polling firm conducted a survey in which left-wing politico Andrés Manuel López Obrador is leading the electoral preferences in 11 of 16 scenarios analyzed.

Within the traditional parties, the National Action Party (PAN) and the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidates Margarita Zavala and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong have the best results respectively. In terms of voting intention by party regardless of who the candidate is, the PRI leads with 21.5%, according to the survey published by El Economista newspaper.

López Obrador leads the polls in 11 different scenarios in which the difference with his immediate challenger is never more than seven percentage points.

The former first lady Margarita Zavala is tied with López Obrador in one scenario and comes in second place in four others.

In the only two scenarios in which Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio was included, he has a better chance of victory than López Obrador and Zavala.

[adrotate group=”8″]For Roy Campos, president of Consulta Mitofsky, the polling firm, the big surprise is Zavala, who “has not been actively promoted in the media, while others have. We don’t see her in TV ads, in interviews, or in public events, and yet she retains her good positioning. This is because she isn’t associated with the negativity of the other PAN candidates. Nobody is attacking her,” he said in a telephone interview with El Economista.

In scenarios in which López Obrador, Zavala, Rafael Moreno Valle (Puebla governor), and Osorio Chong face each other, the latter leads the polls followed by López Obrador, while Zavala and Moreno Valle tie for third place.

“If the campaign began today, it would be the closest in history in terms of the margin between candidates. Here we would have a contest in which you don’t see where it can go. If López Obrador is up in 11 of the 16 scenarios, it does not imply that he who would lead the polls, he is not even as strong as he was in 2006,” said Campos.

Source: Proceso.

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Keiko Fujimori Leads Peru’s Presidential Race after Ban on Candidates

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 15, 2016, 3:16 pm

EspañolWith Julio Guzmán and César Acuña disqualified from Peru's presidential race, conservative congresswoman Keiko Fujimori is comfortably leading in the polls, followed by businessman Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. According to a survey conducted by polling firm Datum, Fujimori's support grew from 33 to 37 percent. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski rose from 10 to 14 percent, while Alfredo Barnechea came in third place with 9 percent. Progressive congresswoman Verónika Mendoza obtained three points, pushing former President Alan García to a distant fourth place. The poll covered the entire Peruvian territory and polled 1,200 individuals of all economic backgrounds in both rural and urban areas. The change in voter preference comes after the national electoral authority barred both Julio Guzmán, a former prime minister who climbed to second in the polls, and César Acuña, a centrist former mayor of Trujillo and governor of La Libertad. General elections with a two-round system will take place on April 10. Controversial Candidacies The political earthquake caused by Guzmán and Acuña dropping out brought new contenders to challenge the front-runner Fujimori: Kuczynski and Barnechea. Keiko Fujimori is the daughter of former Peruvian strongman President Alberto Fujimori, who is currently serving time in prison for crimes against humanity and corruption. She made it to the second round with Ollanta Humala in the 2011 presidential election, losing by a small margin. Fujimori and her Popular Force party, however, are under investigation for alleged wrongdoings in campaign financing and for giving away money and food during events. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is an economist who served as Energy and Mines minister during the second Fernando Belaúnde Terry administration and as Economy minister and premier during Alejandro Toledo's administration. He also ran for president in 2011 but came in third place, behind Keiko Fujimori. On March 11, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into both Toledo and Kuczynski over alleged favors in Peru to the construction firm Odebrecht, which is involved in one of the world's largest corruption scandals in Brazil. Barnachea is a progressive writer, journalist, and politician running for the nationalist Popular Action Party. He kept a low profile until the two contenders dropped out of the race. On March 10, Barnachea accused Fujimori's party of attacking his supporters in Cusco. So far, unlike the other candidates, his bid for the presidency has received no objections or formal complaints at the electoral authority.

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