Mexico goes to the polls in elections marred by violence

Mexico goes to the polls in elections marred by violence against candidates
Social Encounter Party candidate Carlos Mayorga launches his campaign inside a coffin. ‍Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: One candidate in Mexico launched his campaign by coming out of a coffin, telling voters that he should be buried alive if he wins and doesn’t fulfill his promises, while another one, who is a former boxer, promises to fight for people as hard as he did it in the ring.

And then there’s the social media influencer who seeks voters’ favors to become a member of Congress by promising, among other things, “boobs for every woman.” In her platform, the candidate proposes breast implants covered by the public health system.

These are only a small part of the stage as Mexico gets ready to hold midterm elections Sunday, the largest in the history of the country. More than 93 million voters will choose candidates for more than 21,000 elected posts in all three levels of government.

They will choose governors in almost of the states and all 500 members of the lower house of Congress. They will also elect the members of 30 state legislatures and 1,928 municipal governments out of a total of 2,446 (78%).

But despite its size, in many respects, this elections is about a single man: current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

López Obrador is not on the ballot, but Mexican experts, analysts, a former presidential candidate and a former President say the elections amount to a referendum on the 67-year-old President, leftist political veteran, a populist and former Mexico City mayor who won the presidency in 2018 on his third attempt.

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