Midterm elections in Mexico provide interesting results

To my surprise, the midterm elections south of the border changed little, as we see in  news reports: Mexicans cast votes on Sunday for the 500-strong lower house as well as nine state governorships and more than 1,000 state and municipal posts in what was seen as a referendum on Pena Nieto's rule. The Senate was not up for renewal.   By Monday morning, with 85 percent of polling station returns in, preliminary results showed Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and its allies in Congress had won almost 40 percent of the vote. President Peña-Nieto came into the midterm with the usual incumbent blues that we've seen in the U.S. – e.g., Clinton '94, Bush '06, or Obama '10.  He was under fire for three big reasons: 1) The mishandling of reports about the deaths of 43 students.  The story really caught on and generated marches throughout the...(Read Full Post)