With less than four months to go before Mexico elects a new president, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a comfortable 14-point lead over his closest rival, according to most polls.
The two-time candidate representing the Morena Party appears to be benefitting from an ongoing squabble between Jose Antonio Meade of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Ricardo Anaya of the National Action Party (PAN), who – for the time being – seem content to duke it out for second place.
With the full campaign set to start April 1, all three leading candidates this week came to Guadalajara to speak to the annual convention of the National Association of Autoservices and Department Stores (ANTAD). But while business leaders were keen to hear the proposals of the candidates, the furore surrounding accusations of graft against Anaya garnered most of the media headlines. The charges of illegal enrichment stem from a 2014 real estate deal and have been vigorously denied by Anaya, who sees the allegations as a maneuver by President Enrique Peña Nieto and his attorney general to sway the impetus back in Meade’s favor. In recent weeks, Anaya has surged ahead of the PRI candidate, who is languishing in third place.