MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Voters in Mexico will lead the election on Sunday for the largest election in the country's history, electing a new president, a congress, nine governors and hundreds of mayors and local representatives.
This is taking place against a sobering background of violence – over 130 candidates were killed before the elections.
Presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known by his initials AMLO, has a permanent leadership position during the elections.
For Miriam Carreno Campos, 33, López Obrador represents a time-out from the past, a departure from corruption, a moral leader who values and does what he says.
"He is the hope for the youth," said Carreno of the Leftist candidate
Obrador runs against Ricardo Anaya of the right-left coalition National Action Party (PAN) and José Antonio Meade of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)
A recent survey by the Mexican newspaper Reforma gave Obrador 51 percent, Anaya 27 percent and Meade 19 percent. The poll polled 1,200 registered voters and had an error rate of four percentage points.
When Obrador wins, he will become Mexico's first leftist president in generations. He ran on an anti-corruption platform along with a plan to redirect spending to public works and social programs without new taxes, addressing Carreno, who works as communications director at a private technological school, Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico City  "It is the root of our most basic problem in Mexico," she said, "a lack of investment in things like culture, art, research, education, making it more attractive for our educated people to leave the country."
Violence and corruption dominate the campaigns at both local and national levels. According to a government database, more than 37,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since 2007. Activists and independent guards claim that the number is even higher.
Apart from the killings of at least 132 politicians, more than 300 have suffered a form of aggression since September, according to Etelekt, a Mexico City-based consultancy.
For Juan Carlos, whose 71-year-old father disappeared 15 months ago from her hometown of Tepoztlán, a small colonial town north of Mexico City, violence and injustice are too widespread for a candidate to stop.
"I feel that none of the candidates understands the problem we face, and none of their suggestions for the victims "And their families," said Carlos.
Despite his misgivings, he gives a voice.
"I agree with Anaya," Carlos said, "It's not that I'm convinced For Anaya to vote, but I'm worried about [López Obrador’s] promise for amnesty for criminals. "
Political analyst Carlos Bravo Regidor said López Obrador talks about the exemption from lower-level offenders the farmers who Moh n grow in the mountains of Guerrero, which are incredibly poor and unbelievably isolated. Obrador says these people are not in jail.
But for Carlos, who will vote this Sunday for the first time without his father, he said he not only punishes individuals for the violence and accuses them of corruption that exists in Mexico
"It's all that leads to impunity," he said, "you do not have to be a member of a gang or a cartel to be a criminal, and the chances of being caught are so low in Mexico that so many People feel the power to take someone's life and get away with it.
While López Obrador leads the election, is the battle for second place between Anaya and Meade.
Bravo Regidor thinks Meade will not win because he b The country's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, is also a member
Peña Nieto's issues include Mexico's response to the US since President Donald Trump's candidacy and presidency, including his demands for a wall and trade and tariff issues
"One of the reasons why the PRI should be ousted from power is, how President Nieto manages the Trump administration, "said Juan Gómez-Cruces, 35, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mexicans in the US could register to participate in their country's election.
Gómez-Cruces says he remembers Nieto had invited Trump to Mexico when he was still a candidate. "It was embarrassing," said Gomez, "and now, after what happened to immigration, the separation of children, people do not believe that Nieto is strong with Trump."
López Obrador's early stance against Trump He said he would denounce the construction of a wall as a violation of human rights, reaped early attention and support.
There are 87 million Mexicans domestically and abroad registered for election. The successor of President Enrique Peña Nieto will take office on 1 December.
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