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Election triumphs cement president’s party’s grip on power

Morena won four of the six gubernatorial elections held on June 5, meaning that President Andres Manuel López Obrador’s party now controls 19 of Mexico’s 32 statehouses—a remarkable achievement for a party formed just over a decade ago.

As anticipated, Morena trounced the opposition in the states of Hidalgo, Oaxaca and Quintana Roo, but lost in Aguascalientes by a 20-percent margin to the Va por México coalition candidate. This “right-center-left” alliance brings together the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), and Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD).

There was also success for Va por México in Durango, where Esteban Villegas took 53.7 percent off the vote ahead of Morena’s 39.85 percent.

The race was much closer in Tamaulipas where the Morena, Partido del Trabajo and Partido Verde coalition candidate defeated his Va por México rival by a five-percent margin.   

Political analysts say the results confirm Morena’s strong position—the party now governs 58 percent of the population—with a presidential election coming up in three years.

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