Photo: Eruviel Avila
Tomorrows vote for governor in Mexico State marks the beginning of the building of momentum into the July 2012 National Election. Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, needs a commanding victory tomorrow to begin to create the momentum it needs to regain the presidency lost in 2000 after 71 years of uninterrupted rule. Mexico’s next Presidential election is in July 2012.
Avila is heading into Sunday’s vote with the biggest margin for a PRI candidate since 1993, polling near 60 percent with Encinas trailing in the mid-to-high 20s in surveys by the newspapers Reforma and El Universal. Those polls have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Nearly a third of Mexico’s registered voters are under age 30, meaning the PRI had lost the presidency by the time they were eligible to vote. But the opposition is using every chance to make sure everyone remembers the regime.
In a commencement speech at Stanford University in California last month, Calderon described his struggles growing up under the PRI, saying it controlled politicians, the media and what could be taught in the schools.
“When students just like yourselves protested, they were massacred,” he told the graduates. “Many opponents of the regime simply disappeared.”