Mexico’s Presidential Elections made a splash around the world. Record voter turnout not only gave the win to the Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, but also secured key Senate and Congress seats for his party, Morena.
“They are going to have 55 percent of Senate seats and 70 percent of the lower house and Congress,” says Ev Meade, director of the Trans-border Institute at the University of San Diego. Meade says although Obrador and his party come from a leftist ideology, they didn’t run under that platform. Obrador caught the attention of many when he promised to end corruption and reduce poverty and violence.
In Chula Vista, many were discussing the outcome and what it will mean for the future of Mexico and their relationship with the U.S.
Most people NBC 7 spoke to are looking ahead with optimism. “He is known for going after the cartel and hopefully he does keep his word and stops with all those drugs," said Cindy Carrera of Chula Vista. While some people see change as a good thing, there are those who say Obrador’s rhetoric is dangerous and could fuel more issues between the U.S. and Mexico.
Obrador’s inauguration will be on December 1st.