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Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives a press conference in Mexico City, June 6, 2017 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).

Is Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s Brash Populist, Still the Presidential Favorite in 2018?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Gubernatorial elections in three Mexican states last Sunday were supposed to show Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s viability as a candidate in next year’s presidential race. Instead they checked the ambitions of the brash left-leaning populist aiming to succeed outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2018. Lopez Obrador’s party, the National Regeneration Movement, known as MORENA, lost in all three states.

He’s now calling for a recount in the key race in Mexico state, the country’s most populous by a wide margin. Blaming tough election losses on fraud has been a familiar tactic for the fiery two-time presidential candidate who Mexicans know as AMLO. ...

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