Oaxaca’s Governor’s Race: Fractured Parties & Alliances

The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) is fighting to return Oaxaca to its control after the PRD disrupted its 80 year streak in 2010. The PRI has allied with Nueva Alianza and Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM) under PRI candidate Alejandro Murat Hinojosa. Murat left the directorship of the Instituto del Fondo Nacional para la Vivienda de los Trabajadores (Infonavit) to follow in his father’s footsteps -- José Murat Casab was the former Oaxaca Governor -- and seek the state governorship. Murat has accused the current Cue administration of lying with its failed public policies, leaving Oaxacans without access to healthcare, sewage, and electricity. Murat promises to bring transparency and accountability to spending and focus on public policies that come from the public. 

Chihuahua’s Governor’s Race: Betrayal and Ambition

Chihuahua’s pre-campaign season has seen significant movement in recent weeks as candidates and parties position themselves for the election that will take place on 5 June 2016. After the pre-candidate registration closed on 11 February 2016, National Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) leader Agustín Basave Benítez indicated on 15 February it was unclear whether or not it would ally with the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) to back their candidate in Chihuahua against the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), which currently holds the state governorship. However, by 29 February, PRD Secretary General Beatriz Mojica confirmed the two parties will run separate candidates.