Andrés Manuel López Obrador narrowly missed being elected to the Mexican presidency in the past two elections. Although he has not declared himself to be an official candidate yet, he is soaring ahead of other declared candidates in the latest polls by vowing to support Mexicans who are in the United States, legally or illegally.
MEXICO CITY—As President Donald Trump upends bilateral relations with Mexico, its leftist presidential hopeful Andrés Manuel López Obrador is gaining momentum on the back of a nationalist backlash against the U.S.
The former Mexico City mayor, narrowly beaten in Mexico’s two previous presidential elections, is now widening his lead in opinion polls ahead of next year’s presidential race.
A poll recently conducted by El Financiero newspaper gave Mr. López Obrador, the founder and leader of Mexico´s National Regeneration Movement, 33% voter support, up 4 percentage points since November and 6 percentage points ahead of former first lady Margarita Zavala, a leading presidential contender within the conservative National Action Party.