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A Guide to 2018 Latin American Elections



In 2018, the three biggest countries in Latin America—Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico—will elect new presidents. But those aren’t the only ones where voters head to the ballot box in a year that could see sweeping political changes across the region.

Explore our individual guides via links below:

AS/COA is tracking the votes through articles, poll updates, podcasts, and programs. Check back regularly for new updates.

A man waves a flag at the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing.

7 Weeks to Go: How North American Ties Fit into Mexico's Elections

May 15, 2018

Amid unease over NAFTA timelines, we take a look at how relations with Washington factor into Mexico’s July 1 presidential vote.

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Poll Tracker: Mexico's 2018 Presidential Election

May 17, 2018

We monitor the findings of some of Mexico's main pollsters to see how candidates are faring ahead of the July 1 vote.

Meade and Juarez Cisneros

8 Weeks to Go: Inside Mexico's Elections

May 08, 2018

A new PRI head, AMLO and business leaders, an ill-conceived tweet. AS/COA's Carin Zissis writes from Mexico on the latest issues shaping the races.

Chart: The Millennial Vote in Latin America's Big Three Elections

Chart: The Millennial Vote in Latin America's Big Three Elections

May 04, 2018

How significant is the under-35 electorate in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico? 

Ballot boxes for gubernatorial and municipal elections in Mexico (AP)

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Gubernatorial Elections

May 02, 2018

The governing PRI could lose all nine races, but it’s not the only party at risk. Here’s why these seats matter, along with potential victors ahead of July 1.

Mexico's 2018 presidential candidates April 22 debate: Margarita Zavala, Jose Antonio Meade, Ricardo Anaya, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador AMLO, Jaime El Bronco Rodriguez

Viewpoint: Four Takeaways from Mexico's First Presidential Debate

April 23, 2018

The much-anticipated event was seen as a chance to dent AMLO’s formidable poll lead. Here’s what happened during the April 22 debate.

Video: Mexico's Elections and the Race to Los Pinos

April 18, 2018

Watch: Get insights on the truth about polls, what an AMLO victory could mean for the energy sector, and bright spots for Mexico amid a fierce electoral battle. 

Mexican presidential candidates: Ricardo Anaya (PAN), Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador aka AMLO (Morena), Jose Antonio Meade (PRI), Jaime El Bronco Rodriguez, Margarita Zavala (independent)

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Election and Presidential Candidates

April 05, 2018

The presidential race is officially underway. Here's the rundown on the country’s biggest election in history.

Mexico-U.S. ties

The Real Challenge to U.S.-Mexico Relations

April 16, 2018

Mexicans won't pick their next president based on Trump tweets, but that doesn't mean bilateral ties aren't in jeopardy, writes AS Board Member Arturo Sarukhan in The Hill.

Onshore oil rig

Viewpoint: Elections Shouldn't Stymie Mexico's and Brazil's Energy Sectors

April 12, 2018

Energy reforms take time to bear fruit and protectionist election pledges would lead to backstepping, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza.

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A Timeline of 2017 and 2018 Elections in Latin America

November 16, 2017

Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.

2018 Election Guide Poll Update

Poll Update: In Mexico, Meade Rises but AMLO Rises More

March 22, 2018

In a March El Financiero presidential poll, the PRI’s José Antonio Meade takes the number two spot by a hair, but frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador now has an 18-point edge.

Poll Update: An Early Look at Mexico's 2018 Presidential Race

Poll Update: An Early Look at Mexico's 2018 Presidential Race

February 01, 2018

We’ve got some time until the July 1 election, but the race is heating up for the next occupant of Los Pinos.

A voter in Chihuahua, Mexico. (AP)

LatAm in Focus: From Elections to Trade, Latin America's Big 2018 Stories

January 11, 2018

If 2017 was the year that changed Washington, 2018 will redefine Latin America. AS/COA experts explain how in our first podcast of the year.

Meade and Peña. (AP)

Mexico Update: The 2018 Presidential Race Comes into Focus

November 30, 2017

On November 27, José Antonio Meade threw his hat into the ring. Can he beat Andrés Manuel López Obrador—and a whole host of other contenders?

An Mexican election worker marks a voter's thumb with ink.

LatAm in Focus: Mexico's Big Year Ahead

October 12, 2017

Victor Herrera, former Mexico City office head for S&P’s Global Ratings, spells out what’s in store for Mexico—from elections to NAFTA talks.