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Mexico 2018: How AMLO Took a Page from the PRI Playbook

June 06, 2018

Almost as startling as Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s lead in the race to become Mexico’s next president is the speed with which the party he founded just four years ago has risen to national prominence.

Following legislative elections in 2015, López Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement, or Morena, had just 35 seats in Mexico’s 500-seat lower house, and zero senators. Now, some polls predict that Morena and its allies could win an absolute majority in both houses of Congress on July 1. 

That AMLO is not just winning but apparently dominating his competition reflects just...

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