2015 Mexico’s Mid-Term Elections: What’s at stake?

From Business Insider, Christopher Woody, June 7th, 2015.

The stakes

The results on Sunday could have a concrete impact on the ability of Peña Nieto’s party, the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), to implement its initiatives.

Currently, the PRI and its allies in the Green party hold 241 seats. In order continue implementing Peña Nieto’s reforms, which have met with criticism and backlash, the governing coalition will either have to maintain or expand its number of seats.

Polls have found support for the PRI hovering around 30% of likely voters, while its ally the Green party has held between 8% and 10%. However, the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) have not been able to capitalize on public dissatisfaction with the ruling coalition. (Both parties have been dysfunctional.)

In late April, the PAN had support from 24% of likely voters, while the PRD had about 13%. The May poll cited by the AS/COA has the two parties at about 25% and 12%, respectively.
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