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By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

While Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) lost his partisan stranglehold of Congress in the Sunday, June 6, midterm elections, thus limiting his ability to ram through initiatives and rewrite the constitution on a whim, his leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party apparently gained territory on the gubernatorial front, winning 11 of 15 slots, according to preliminary data provided by election officials.

Although official results are still pending, Morena and its allied parties have apparently won governorships in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tlaxcala and Zacatecas.

The opposition coalitions, made up primarily of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the centralist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, which ruled Mexican politics for seven decades) and the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), along with several smaller parties, walked away with the governorships of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Querétaro and San Luís Potosí.

As of late Monday, June 7, the vote in the southern state of Campeche remained too close to call.

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