Mexico’s Presidential Election and the Cartel War
BY SCOTT STEWART
Mexico will hold its presidential election July 1 against the backdrop of a protracted war against criminal cartels in the country. Former President Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) launched that struggle; his successor, Felipe Calderon, also of the PAN, greatly expanded it. While many Mexicans apparently support action against the cartels, the Calderon government has come under much criticism for its pursuit of the cartels, contributing to Calderon’s low popularity at the moment. The PAN is widely expected to lose in July to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which controlled the Mexican presidency for most of the 20th century until Fox’s victory in 2000. According to polls, the PAN has lost credibility among many Mexican voters, many of whom also once again view the PRI as a viable alternative.
El Comité Ejecutivo Nacional (CEN) del PAN presentó esta tarde una encuesta en que asegura se redujo la distancia a sólo cuatro puntos entre su precandidata a la Presidencia, Josefina Vázquez Mota, y Enrique Peña Nieto, aspirante del PRI a Los Pinos.
El presidente nacional del PAN, Gustavo Madero, presentó la encuesta encargada por el partido al grupo MERCADEI, en que la preferencia efectiva de intención del voto señala que Vázquez Mota tiene 37% por 41% de Peña Nieto.