June 5 elections @Sin Embargo
On June 5, one third of the Mexican electorate voted to elect governors in twelve states, mayors in 2,445 municipalities, and local deputies and constituent deputies in Mexico City.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the current party of the presidency, won five governments of the twelve at stake, regaining Oaxaca and Sinaloa; and holding Hidalgo, Zacatecas and Tlaxcala. In doing so, it fell short of the nine that its leader, Manlio Fabio Beltrones, had assured they would win beforehand. Nevertheless, it lost states that had not known another political hue in 90 years, such as Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Durango and Quintana Roo. Several analysts consider these results to be a punishment vote against those governments for their corruption and their inability to stop insecurity.
The National Action Party (PAN) benefitted from the loss of votes and won seven governments (three in alliances with the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD)): Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Durango, Quintana Roo, Puebla, Veracruz and Tamaulipas. Its president, Ricardo Anaya, stated that, “if we do things well, the right-wing PAN will win back the presidency in 2018.”
For its part, the Movement for National Regeneration Party (Morena), managed to increase its presence but without wining any government. It came third in Veracruz and Zacatecas. On another note, the party managed to come first in the election for the Constituent Assembly of Mexico City (with 36.2% of the votes. Its advantage over PRD (with 31.5%) was less than Morena had hoped for. Abstention in the election at 71.7% was notable.
According to experts, the results of these elections are particularly relevant in outlining the political map on course to the presidential election of 2018. Some point out that the results for the 2017 elections are lacking, in particular, for the State of Mexico, one of the biggest of the country and which has always been governed by PRI. It is worth mentioning that the electoral campaigns before June 5 were marked by personal attacks between the contenders and by the lack of transparency about the management of electoral spending. Equally notorious is the fact that in Tamaulipas State, considered the most violent of the country, 59 candidates had to retire from the contest for fear of reprisals by organized crime.
For more information in Spanish:
Perdió el PRI cuatro de sus bastiones históricos (La Jornada, 7 de junio de 2016)
Arrasa el abstencionismo en la CDMX; Morena, primera fuerza (Proceso, 5 de junio de 2016)
Elecciones 2016: PAN se impone, PRI y PRD se hunden y Morena… equis (Sin Embargo, 6 de junio de 2016)
¿Quién gana y quién pierde en las elecciones de México? (Univisión, 6 de junio de 2016)
Las elecciones de México destapan la erosión del PRI (El País, 6 de junio de 2016)
Descalificaciones, dádivas y compra de votos dominan el panorama electoral 2016 (Aristegui Noticias, 5 de junio de 2016)