Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, November 18, 2011

Maybe the ad on the boxing shorts worked

Even the president's sister couldn't overcome the momentum of the resurgent PRI.

Mexico election signals return of Vallejo's PRI
The party that held power in Mexico for seven decades appears to have won a key state election before the country's presidential race by transforming itself into the party of change.

Monday's official vote count shows that the Institutional Revolutionary party, or PRI, surged to victory by winning back hundreds of thousands of votes from the leftist party that pushed it out of the governorship 10 years ago in a pattern that, according to polls, may be spreading across the country.

The PRI's Fausto Vallejo Figueroa won by 35% to 33% over his closest competitor, Luisa Maria Calderón, who is the sister of President Felipe Calderón. Finishing a distant third, with 29%, was the party that has dominated the state in recent years, the Democratic Revolution party, or PRD…

[W]ith local turnout higher than that seen in the last presidential election, there was more evidence that angry voters rather than armed men or threatening messages were behind the PRI's win.

"It was a referendum on the PRD during the last 10 to 12 years. Violence has increased and economic issues that have led to migration have not changed," said Shannon O'Neil, an expert on Mexican politics at the Council on Foreign Relations…

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