The industrial city of Monterrey is at the battleground center of the political struggle to win Nuevo León. Photo: Gobierno de México

By KELIN DILLON

Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo León, responsible for the country’s third-highest gross domestic product (GDP) of any federal entity, has been experiencing a highly controversial and polarized campaign season ahead of the approaching midterm elections in June, spurred on by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

Because of the state’s economic and political power, Nuevo León is considered one of the country’s most important battleground states to win, as AMLO’s National Regeneration Movement (Morena) faces off against its opposing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) coalition candidate Adrián de la Garza for control of the region.

López Obrador condemned De La Garza as a criminal for allegedly buying votes in the region on his public Twitter account, prompting the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) to open an investigation against the PRI-PRD candidate, despite the FGR supposedly being an autonomous body, free of government influence.

On Tuesday, May 12, López Obrador publicly admitted to putting his hand into the Nuevo León elections after prompting from a reporter, succinctly saying, “Of course I am.”

De la Garza responded by involving the Organization of American States (OAS) and explicitly naming AMLO for committing electoral interference, and asking it to directly supervise the midterm elections in Mexico to ensure their impartiality and validity.

With less than a month left until the elections, time will soon tell which of the fighting sides will take control of the highly contested region.

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