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Mexican elections: Ruling party faces challenges from left and right in key states

Mexican elections: Ruling party faces challenges from left and right in key states

Mexico’s ruling party is seeking to consolidate its dominance while opposition blocs on the left and right are hoping for gains as Mexicans go to the polls Sunday in state and local balloting.

Voters will be choosing governors in 12 of the nation’s 32 states, along with hundreds of mayors and local lawmakers across the country.

The elections are widely seen as important indicators for the presidential elections of 2018, when the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party will probably face a tough challenge to extend its hold on the reins of power.

The contentious run-up to the elections in several key states has featured rough-and-tumble bouts of name calling,...

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