July 4, 2010, midnight
Mexicans went to the polls on Sunday to elect twelve out of the nation’s thirty-one governors, as well as state representatives and mayors. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico from 1929 to 2000, captured nine out of the twelve contested governorships. In the remaining three races, a coalition of President Felipe CALDERON’s conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), defeated PRI incumbents. Drug-related violence killed one gubernatorial candidate and suppressed turnout in certain areas. Gunmen assassinated Rodolfo TORRE Cantu, a leading PRI candidate, six days before the election. After the election, two winning municipal presidents received death threats.