Until the end, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) will have thrown away its entire electoral machine to try to save what had been its bastion for ninety-four years, during the election of the governor of the State of Mexico, the most populated country (12.7 million voters), which took place on Sunday 4 June.
All weekend, images of alleged purchases of votes for money or gifts – twenty of which are already the subject of an investigation by the special prosecutor’s office on electoral offenses – occupied social networks and the media. But these maneuvers, which the PRI has often used and abused, did not change the result: Delfina Gómez, the candidate of the presidential party Morena (National Regeneration Movement, left), won the day, as everyone had predicted. polls for several months.
“The hegemony of the PRI swept away”
According to the preliminary results of the Electoral Institute of the State of Mexico, she won 53.3% of the vote against 43.7% for her opponent from the PRI, Alejandra del Moral. ” This defeat confirms the disastrous image of the PRI in public opinion and shows that after five years in power, Morena has literally swept away the hegemony of the PRI, which still governed the majority of states in 2017 and now only governs two. Today », Estimates the political scientist Carlos Bravo Regidor.
The seventeen million inhabitants of this state will be, for the first time, governed by the left and by a woman, who is moreover of very modest origin. Delfina Gómez, 60, was a teacher and then a school director for nearly thirty years in her hometown of Texcoco, before entering politics and becoming mayor in 2013, already alongside Andrès Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), the current president of Mexico, who was then a member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD).
Then elected deputy, she had already tried, in 2017, to become governor of her state during an electoral campaign where the future president had accompanied her everywhere, while preparing for the presidential election of 2018. The winner , Alfredo del Mazo, cousin of ex-president Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI), son and grandson of former governors of this state, was still a representative of this political caste which seemed irremovable. But, already, the good score of Delfina Gómez (30.7% of the vote against 33.5% for the PRI) showed a notable drop in the influence of the PRI, and announced the victory the following year of the left to the presidency.
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