Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the MORENA party, waves to supporters as he arrives for his closing campaign rally at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Lopez Obrador holds a lead of 20 points or more in most polls. But No. 2 Ricardo Anaya – a tech-savvy young conservative running for a right-left coalition – hopes people who fear Lopez Obrador will move to him. Meade is also counting on the well-oiled, get-out-the-vote machine of the nearly 90-year-old party, which has spent a total of 77 years in power.Lopez Obrador rails against what he calls an unholy alliance of business leaders with corrupt politicians that has bled Mexico and promises to sunder that relationship in a historic national transformation, just as President Benito Juarez broke up the Roman Catholic Church's hold over the country's economy in the 1850s.Lopez Obrador railed against the two parties' alliance in both of his previous runs for the presidency, and he paints them as the same thing.Now, on his third run, Lopez Obrador's time seems to have come.The country's homicide rate could be on track to reach almost 25 per 100,000 inhabitants by the end of this year, and none of the candidates have made any credible or specific proposals on how to reform the police or improve law enforcement.
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