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Andrés Manuel López Obrador is officially the candidate of PRD and left parties

posted Nov 21, 2011, 6:41 PM by Elección México   [ updated Nov 21, 2011, 6:42 PM ]

Andrés Manuel López Obrador is officially the candidate of the left as of November 16th, 2011. He and Marcelo Ebrard had agreed that the winner of a poll of active and affiliated party members would be the nominee. In the poll conducted by Covarrubias y Asociados, 39 percent of respondents favored AMLO and 32 percent preferred Marcelo Ebrard. Twenty-five percent declined to choose between the two, and four percent were undecided. Ebrard, who at 52 is still considered young enough to bide his time, threw his weight behind AMLO.

The decision was unsurprising to many, given AMLO’s popularity within the party: 75 percent of respondents in a recent Mitofsky poll supported him over Ebrard’s 17 percent. However, the extent of party unity is remarkable; a few weeks ago, many observers doubted whether the two factions could come together. As The Economist notes, AMLO faces an uphill battle for the presidency, but the left has succeeded in the significant feat of fielding a single candidate.

López Obrador has promised to create four million jobs in his first 42 days in office and to return to army to its barracks within six months. The campaign officially begins in February.

By Katie Putnam, Mexico Institute, November 21, 2011

Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars