Mexico State Gubernatorial Election
June 28, 2011
The July 3 vote for governor of Mexico State is a trial run for the nation’s mid-2012 presidential showdown in the jurisdiction with the most registered voters—10.5 million.
Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto, the front-runner to succeed incumbent Felipe Calderón, has thrown his weight behind Eruviel Ávila Villegas, candidate of his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Polls show Ávila with a double-digit lead over his opponents: Luis Felipe Bravo Mena (National Action Party—PAN) and Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez (Democratic Revolutionary Party—PRD). The momentum of the reinvigorated PRI apparatus may also lead to gubernatorial victories in Coahuila, Nayarit, and Michoacán.