National: 2018 Electoral Campaign Begins

Candidates2018 presidential candidates

90 days before the elections on July 1st, the election period for the 2018 presidential campaign formally began on March 30th, as well as elections to renew the federal legislative power in both chambers, various state congresses and mayoralties. According to the National Electoral Institute (INE in its Spanish acronym) there are 18,311 public positions contested, the first time so many are elected in a single electoral process. The funds to finance political parties, the organization of the elections and the budget of the electoral authorities will be almost 33 billion pesos, not counting the private funding that the candidates will have access to.

In the end, the National Electoral Institute (INE) gave entry to four candidates for the presidency of the republic: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador representing the alliance of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), the Labor Party and the Social Encounter Party (PES); that of Ricardo Anaya, by the National Action Party (PAN), the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and the Citizen Movement; that of Jose Antonio Meade on behalf of the Party of the Institutionalized Revolution (PRI), the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) and New Alliance; and, finally, that of Margarita Zavala, wife of former President Felipe Calderon (2006-2012), who contends as an “independent candidate”. In the immediate term, the surveys favor the candidates in the order in which they appear in this list.

For more information in Spanish:

Comenzó la campaña presidencial en México: estos son los candidatos (CNN, 30 de marzo de 2018)

López Obrador es favorito en las encuestas y tiene un 79% de probabilidades de ganar (El País, 31 de marzo de 2018)

5 razones que hacen históricas las elecciones presidenciales en México (Animal Político, 31 de marzo de 2018)

Arranca campaña electoral 2018 (Contramuro, 1ero de abril de 2018)

El arranque (Excelsior, 4 de abril de 2018)


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