Mexican presidential candidates face off in first debate with clear lead in polls for leftist AMLO

On Sunday April 22, the first debate ahead of Mexico’s presidential elections is AMLO’s to lose. He looks unbeatable.

The front-runner, whose economic proposals have unsettled investors, is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known as AMLO. He’s pulling ahead of his nearest rivals in one poll by as much as 22 points, with just weeks left in the presidential campaign, according to Reforma newspaper. His approval rating is 48 percent.

“The main takeaway from our poll is that we have a clear favorite,” said Lorena Becerra Mizuno, head pollster at Reforma. “And we have a clear second-place candidate, Ricardo Anaya” of the National Action Party with a left-leaning coalition led by the Party of the Democratic Revolution. “But the advantage is AMLO. His lead is overwhelming, and he has great possibilities to win.”

A record audience is expected to watch or listen to the debate Sunday night from the Mining Palace in Mexico City’s historic center as voters and players on both sides of the border mull over the early implications of a possible López Obrador victory.

 Among those watching will be Jose Manuel Pedroza, 30, a doctor in Mexico City. He remains undecided and is looking for a candidate who is “committed, decisive and with a clear vision on how to get Mexico moving again in the right direction.”

Polls show that more than 80 percent believe Mexico is headed in the wrong direction.

In the U.S., López Obrador, representing the National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA), may be best known for ominous signs he’s sending about re-evaluating the way Mexico does business domestically and with folks from north of the border.

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