Police officers keep watch at a polling station during regional elections in Xalapa, Veracruz state, Mexico, June 5, 2016. (REUTERS/Oscar Martinez)
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Mexico's ruling party looked primed for a significant setback in regional elections on Sunday, losing ground to the opposition due to widespread anger over corruption and gang violence in a race that may set the tone for a 2018 presidential vote.Turf wars between gangs, mounting debts and allegations of corruption turned Veracruz into a liability for Pena Nieto. There were scattered reports of violence and fraud in the state, a common complaint in Mexican elections, where party campaigners often go door to door with gifts and incentives to entice poorer voters in particular to back their candidates. Since Duarte took office, Veracruz's debt has more than doubled to 46 billion pesos ($2.5 billion) according to official data, although other estimates put the figure far higher.
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