Sheinbaum Leads in Mexican Presidential Poll Amid Campaign Controversies

Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico's ruling party candidate, holds a 13-point lead in polls ahead of the June 2 presidential election. Controversies surround the campaign, including Sheinbaum's slip about President López Obrador's motivations and rivals' gaffes.

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Sheinbaum Leads in Mexican Presidential Poll Amid Campaign Controversies

Sheinbaum Leads in Mexican Presidential Poll Amid Campaign Controversies

Claudia Sheinbaum, the ruling party's candidate and former Mexico City Mayor, holds a comfortable lead, slightly, shows in the polls ahead of the June 2 elections, with 44% support in a recent survey of 800 people conducted by Parametria. The poll, which had a 3.5% margin of error, showed Sheinbaum's closest rival, opposition coalition candidate Xóchitl Gálvez, trailing behind with 31% support.

Why this matters: The outcome of Mexico's presidential election has significant implications for the country's economic and political trajectory, as well as its relationships with international partners. A change in leadership could also impact the country's stance on key issues such as trade, immigration, and security.

Jorge Alvarez Máynez, running a distant third in the race, received 8% support in the poll. Despite Sheinbaum's lead, according, new, the campaign has not been without controversy. During a campaign speech on Friday, Sheinbaum slipped up and said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was motivated by "personal ambition," which in Mexico implies a desire for personal economic gain. She later corrected herself, stating that López Obrador "has transformed our country without personal ambitions."

López Obrador, the founder of the Morena party, is highly popular and known for his austere lifestyle. Sheinbaum has sought to link her candidacy to him and has pledged to follow his policies. However, her slip of the tongue was seized upon by her rivals. Gálvez interpreted the remark as a Freudian slip, saying: "The candidate of lies was finally betrayed by her subconscious, and finally admitted that they only act out of personal ambition." Gálvez has herself faced criticism for misspeaking, including a comment in April suggesting that anyone who didn't own a house by 60 was bad at managing money.

Meanwhile, Alvarez Máynez apologized for posting a video in which he appeared to have been drinking and criticizing electoral authorities. The controversies highlight the intense scrutiny and pressure the candidates are under as the election approaches. With Sheinbaum holding a double-digit lead, she remains the clear frontrunner to become Mexico's first woman president. However, the narrowing of her lead compared to previous polls suggests the race could tighten in the final weeks of the campaign.