Mexico’s election on Sunday, the largest in the nation’s history, was marred by political violence that led to the deaths of nearly 100 politicians, which is not even the most violent election cycle in the nation’s history.
“Security consultancy Etellekt said 97 politicians had been killed and 935 were attacked,” Reuters reported. “Security analysts said most electoral violence tends to occur at the municipal level, where gangs exert pressure to influence the outcome in the hope of securing more control over drug trafficking and other criminal rackets.”
The election saw more than 93 million voters elect officials to more than 21,000 officials to office in governorships in most states, all 500 members of the lower house of Congress, members of the 30 state legislatures, and 78% of municipal governments.
But despite its size, this elections is, in many respects, about a single man: current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. López Obrador is not on the ballot, but Mexican analysts, experts, a