Saturday November 17 2018

Posted by Tomas on July 02, 2018
  • President Elect of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
    President Elect of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
  • Landslide Results of the Mexican Presidential Election
    Landslide Results of the Mexican Presidential Election
  • Map of Distribution of Power in the Mexican Senate
    Map of Distribution of Power in the Mexican Senate
  • Map of Distribution of Power in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies
    Map of Distribution of Power in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies
  • Distribution of Power in the Mexican House of Deputies
    Distribution of Power in the Mexican House of Deputies
  • Early returns in the Mexican Senate contests.
    Early returns in the Mexican Senate contests.
  • More than 300,000 turned out in Mexico City to celebrate
    More than 300,000 turned out in Mexico City to celebrate
  • President Elect of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on the afternoon of July 1
    President Elect of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on the afternoon of July 1

The polls closed in Mexico at 6PM Pacific Time on July 1, 2018 and it was very quickly clear who had won the presidency - leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. (AMLO) Obrador gained a landslide victory over his next closest opponent Ricardo Anaya, who garnered less than half as many votes.

 

Instituto Nacional Electoral rules ended candidate appearances, statements and publicity on June 27-30, giving the voters some breathing time before casting their votes today, July 1. By the same set of rules, candidates were eligible to make statements at 8PM this evenings in Mexico City. Antonio Meade of the PRI was first to televise his thanks to his team and express his concession. He was followed by the independent candidate Jaime Rodríguez Calderón's (El Bronco) concession and the closest runner up, Ricardo Anaya. All except El Bronco expressed a desire to work with the new administration. But Morena may not need too much cooperation from other parties, having appeared to have solidified a simple majority in the Senate and a two thirds majority in the Chamber of Deputies.

 

Obrador appears to have won the presidency by the greatest margin in Mexican history, garnering over 52% of the vote as of 1AM MDT which is more than twice that of Ricardo Anaya the PAN candidate, and even a larger margin over the current ruling party candidate Antonio Meade. Jaime Rodríguez Calderón (El Bronco, not related to the previous president) was an 'also ran' with less than 5%. 

 

The final numbers are not yet in, but voter turnout was believed to be the highest in Mexico's history, so involved were voters in this election as to embarrass citizens of both its northern neighbors.

 

With about 2/3's of the senate and deputy seat decided the leftist party Morena has also assumed dominance. The long ruling PRI, of the current administration has been totally swept aside and PAN, the party of the two previous presidents, Fox and Calderón also took a significant hit in the polls, although gaining some governorship. The Morena party and its campaign alliances will control a simple majority in the Senate and a two thirds majority in La Camera de Deputados. It would appear the Morena party agenda will have a broad mandate to accomplish its party goals. 

 

The results are of little surprise in Mexico, Obrador has been leading by significant margins in the polls since the first of the year.

 

This was Obrador's third run for the presidency. Obrador will assume the presidency December 1, 2018. 

 

There had been concerns over the election of a Leftist president, much of it through social media propaganda that the peso would fall dramatically on the election of Obrador. However, in early morning trading the peso has only slipped fractionally. This election has been pointed in Obrador's direction since campaigning began back in January, so his victory will not be a surprise to financial markets. In fact, some money traders even speculate that the pesos will recover now that the 'regime change' has been complete.

 

Following this evening's landslide election victory Andres Manual Lopez Obrador's celebration in the Zocalo in Mexico City has utterly dwarfs any previous presidential election.

 

Here is a street scene in Mexico, one of hundreds of images now flooding the internet news. Crowds estimated in the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS are celebrating in the Zocalo Central. The square which usually easily holds the 16th of September celebrations have overflowed into the adjacent streets. (Estimates now exceeding 300,000!)

 

In Baja California Sur with 56% of the vote in, PAN will be assuming the Mayoral/City President positions in Loreto Comondú y Mulegé, and the Nuevo Alliance took the municipality of Mulegé. The Morena candidate won in La Paz

 

In the Baja California state Chamber of Deputies the Morena party took 15 of the 16 seats up for grabs.

The northern state of Baja California does not have a IEE internet page and we're still working on those results. Since the northern state also went resoundingly for the Morena alliance, the results can almost be assumed.

 

There were no incidents of violence reported in either Baja California or Baja California Sur according to local press. 

 

Celebrations along the La Paz Malecon continued into the early morning hours of July 2.

 

We wish the new president the best of luck over the next six years in his campaign to fight corruption, and soaring crime rates along with the other challenges Mexico will face.

 

There is a great deal of information to digest for our readers in both Baja states, we will continue to update this page

 

Viva Mexico!

 

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