Mexico's Historic 2018 Presidential Election


Mexicans head to the polls on Sunday, July 1, to elect a new president for a new six-year term. This is a historic election because it is the first time since the Mexican revolution that a leftist – Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador – is likely to be elected. Here is our election coverage of the past few months

Mexico’s Economic Growth Failure: Decades in the Making

June 25, 2018

As Mexicans get ready to vote for a new president on Sunday, they will probably punish the political class that led the country into a 30-year economic slump. CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot analyzes Mexico’s economic performance and the prospects for its economic future after the election

Mexico Update: Mexican and International Media Focus on Discrediting Lopez Obrador

June 22, 2018

With the results of Mexico’s presidential elections practically a foregone conclusion, his opponents and conservative sectors are lashing out. Meanwhile, Mexican society and the candidates weigh in on Trump’s unconscionable zero tolerance policy on migrant children. Mexican Elections Update courtesy of:

Mexico Update: Establishment Parties Fail to Unite to Defeat Leftist Candidate

June 19, 2018

The third and final presidential debate took place, as Lopez Obrador maintained his considerable lead. The ruling parties, PRI and PAN, seek a common front to defeat the center-left but internal conflicts and their weak position make that a dim prospect

Presidential Campaign in Mexico Gets Dirty

June 13, 2018

Anonymous phone calls are going out with messages warning that the leading candidate is a danger to the country. At the same time, political violence has claimed more than a hundred lives. Laura Carlsen reports from Mexico

Mexico’s Presidential Race: López Obrador has a 25% Lead, How Reliable are The Polls?

June 8, 2018

López Obrador of the MORENA party is polling at 51 %, weeks before the July 1st election. We ask professor John M. Ackerman if such a lead is sustainable if PRI and PAN form an alliance to defeat him.

UN to US: Stop Separating Children From Their Parents on the US-Mexico Border

June 7, 2018

The U.S. is in serious violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As many 700 children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, some as young as one year old. We speak with ACLU border litigation lawyer Mitra Ebadolahi

Mexico’s Presidential Candidates Debate Strategies to Resist Trump

May 22, 2018

Sunday’s presidential debate in Mexico showed that as AMLO maintains his almost insurmountable lead, the other candidates are trying to copy his platform about raising wages and resisting Trump. John Ackerman reports from Mexico

Mexico's Presidential Campaigns Struggle with Rampant Crime

Mexico’s Presidential Campaigns Struggle with Rampant Crime

May 11, 2018

Mexico’s crime problem has become increasingly intractable and is also affecting local races, which has left over 90 candidates murdered. Meanwhile, leftist candidate AMLO faces the wrath of Mexico’s business sector. John Ackerman analyzes the state of Mexico’s race for president

Just How Democratic Is Mexico?

January 2, 2018

As neoliberalism caused greater inequality and more poverty in Mexico ever since the 1990’s, the country’s leaders stifled press freedom and democratic rights in order to maintain power. Now Mexico has one of the world’s highest murder rates of journalists explains CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot