Mexico 2018 Election Overview

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The outcome of this election will determine the political coalition possibilities that will provide both political governance and public policy options for the country. Equally important, the race for president was very competitive. The major political parties went in coalition with small parties.

The 2018 presidential election was significant for several reasons. First, it tested the country’s democratic values, especially after the return of the PRI in 2012 — a party that until 2000 held a 70-year grip on government. There were important signs that the country’s National Electoral Institute, which organizes all elections and adjudicates result disputes, was under considerable stress. Second, this election tested the strength of Mexico’s 30-year tradition of addressing public policy issues by consensus, as parties on the left — Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (National Regeneration Movement, MORENA), the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Democratic Revolutionary Party, PRD) and Movimiento Ciudadano (Citizen Movement, MC) — and on the right — the Partido de Acción Nacional (National Action Party, PAN), the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (The Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI) and Partido Nueva Alianza (New Alliance Party, PANAL) — sought to redefine the role of the government and free markets in areas such as economic development, trade, security and the rule of law, and energy while tackling other key problems that have plagued the country for decades, including poverty, inequality and uneven wage distribution. Finally, the election outcome showed that voters want a more forceful response from their leader to President Donald Trump’s sharp shift in tone toward Mexico.


Number of Seats up for Election


1    President
300   Chamber of Deputies (Single-Member District)
200   Chamber of Deputies (Proportional Representation)
64   Senate (Single-Member District)
32   Senate (Proportional Representation)
32   Senate (Primary Minority)
629   Total


State and Municipal

8    Governorships
1   Head of Government (Mexico City)
585   Municipal Chambers of Deputies (Single-Member District)
387   Municipal Chambers of Deputies (Proportional Representation)
1,596   Town Council Members
24   Municipal Judges
16    Mayors
96    Council Members (Single-Member District)
64    Council Members (Proportional Representation)
2,777   Total


Election Results

Mexico held its general election on July 1, 2018. At the federal level, Mexicans elected a new president, 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies and 128 members to the Senate, in addition to the thousands of state and municipal positions up for election. In total, more than 3,000 elected positions were up for grabs, making the 2018 election unprecedented in its scope and impact on Mexico’s political landscape.

This page will be updated as information is confirmed by INE.


Federal Level


Presidents and Governors


Position   Elected Official   Party/Coalition
President   Andrés Manuel López Obrador   Juntos Haremos Historia
Governor of Chiapas   Rutilio Escandón   Juntos Haremos Historia
Governor of Guanajuato   Diego Sinhue Rodríguez   PAN, PRD
Governor of Jalisco   Enrique Alfaro   Movimiento Ciudadano
Governor of Morelos   Cuauhtémoc Blanco   Juntos Haremos Historia
Governor of Puebla   Martha Erika Alonso   Por Puebla al Frente
Governor of Tabasco   Adán Augusto López   Juntos Haremos Historia
Governor of Veracruz   Cuitláhuac García   Juntos Haremos Historia
Governor of Yucatán   Mauricio Vila Dosal   PAN, MC
Head of Government
Mexico City
  Claudia Sheinbaum   Juntos Haremos Historia


Senators and Deputies


  Deputies Senators
  Single Member District Proportional Representation Single Member District Proportional Representation First Minority

Juntos Haremos Historia 210 - 46 - 6
Por México al Frente 62 - 12 - 14
Todos por México 14 - 2 - 11
MORENA 8 85 2 13 0
Movimiento Ciudadano 0 10 2 2 0
PAN 5 41 0 6 1
PRI 1 37 0 6 0
PRD - 12 - 2 -
PVEM - 11 - 2 -
PT - 4 - 1 -
TOTAL 300 200 64 32 32



Single member district: The principle by which two senate seats are assigned to a political party, coalition or independent candidate that has obtained first place in the votes, for each of the 32 states.

First Minority: The principle by which a senate seat is assigned to a political party, coalition or independent candidate that has obtained the second place in the vote, in the state under consideration.

Senators elect by State and Proportional Represenation Senators elect (.pdf)


State, Municipal and Local Level


Click on the link below for a spreadsheet of state-level election results — including municipal chambers of deputies, town council members, municipal judges, mayors and council members — by political party and state.


Local Elections Results as of 7.31.18 (.xlsx)