June 25, 2021

Political Thermometer


The midterm elections were not only the largest elections in Mexico’s history, but the most anticipated. The results showed the general interest of Mexicans in domestic elections, something unusual for a country which, in recent last years, was somewhat skeptical of the political processes. Notwithstanding such prior attitudes, this time there was clear interest in the outcome.

This was a complex election, and an absolute winner cannot be named because Mexico’s lower house of Congress, mayors for Mexico City’s boroughs, mayoralties and state legislatures were all at stake, as well as 15 state governorships. One can say that every contestant won something without having an absolute winner or an absolute loser. Most probably, the main winners were the citizens who trusted in Mexico’s electoral institutions.

Mexico’s National Electoral Institute passed a difficult test showing its capacity to organize a complex election process for 500 representatives. The electoral authorities for the states complied satisfactorily with their tasks. 15 state governors, 1,063 state representatives, 1,923 mayors, 2,057 syndicates, 14,222 councilors and 204 town councils among some other local positions were elected.