Mexico goes to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president â the office is limited to a single, six-year term, so President Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto cannot run again â plus some 18,000 lower offices, including all congressional seats. Advance polling suggests left-wing populist candidate AndrÃ©s Manuel LÃ³pez Obrador (also known by his initials, AMLO) holds a strong lead for the presidency.
More broadly, the election is focused on issues of corruption, drug-related violence, and President Trump's immigration policies, with candidates from across the political spectrum slamming Trump's approach. Mexico "will never be the piÃ±ata of any foreign government," LÃ³pez Obrador said on the campaign trail.
"A door opens for opportunity with AndrÃ©s Manuel," Marcos Fastlicht, who has known AMLO for two decades, told Politico. "He's willing to speak with [Trump], willing to sit and negotiate, but part of this requires we wait and see." Bonnie Kristian