Defeated primary candidates

The following contenders dropped out of their respective primary races:

Active in politics since the age of 21, Paredes, now 56, was most recently the  PRI party leader  in the Chamber of Deputies. Before that, she served as president of the PRI. She has a strong following within the party, in part due to her involvement in indigenous and women’s issues, the later including reproductive rights. Her leadership is considered instrumental to the PRI’s 2009 congressional sweep. She stepped down as the party leader in March 2011, declaring she was considering a run for president. Read more…

  • Fidel Herrera (PRI): Herrera never formally entered the race, despite speculation about his intentions.
Herrera has served as Governor of Veracruz (2004-2010), as well as a four-time congressman anda state senator. He is highly educated (with a Master’s and Doctorate in Law from the University of Veracruz), and regarded as an impressive and persuasive orator. Though his term as governor focused on developing Veracruz’s economy and infrastructure, as well as raising levels of foreign investment, he has been plagued by a scandal, in which he allegedly helped channel federal money to PRI candidates in the state. He never polled as strongly as the other pre-candidates in opinion polls, but remains an important power broker. Read more…

  • Santiago Creel (PAN): Creel lost to Josefina Vázquez Mota in the PAN primary on February 5th, 2012.

Creel most recently served as president of the PAN faction in the Mexican Senate. He is well-known among party members, in part because he previously competed (unsuccessfully) against Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD) in 2000 in the Federal District mayoral race and against Felipe Calderón for the 2006 presidential PAN nomination. He has proved to be resilient after those defeats, continuing his political career in the executive branch as Interior Minister under President Vicente Fox (2000-2005) and now in the Senate, and has built a wide base of political support. Despite his early lead within the party, however, his support in polls dropped in the lead-up to the February 5th, 2012 primary in which he lost to Josefina Vázquez Mota. Read more…

  • Ernesto Cordero (PAN): Cordero lost to Josefina Vázquez Mota in the PAN primary on February 5th, 2012.
Cordero is widely respected for his previous role as Treasury Secretary, especially since the financial crisis and recession of 2008 and 2009; he stepped down on September 9th to contend for the party’s nomination. Before this post, he served as as Minister of Social Development (SEDESOL). In addition to being considered an intelligent and capable administrator, he was seen as favorite of President Calderón. Two primary weaknesses were his lack of dynamism as a speaker, and the perception that he is removed from the experience of average Mexicans. He lost to Josefina Vázquez Mota in the February 5th, 2012 PAN primary. Read more…
  • Emilio González Márquez (PAN)González dropped out of the race on September 22nd, 2011.

González Marquéz is currently Governor of Jalisco. He previously served as the mayor of Guadalajara, the head of the PAN in Jalisco, and also in the national legislature. He joined the party in 1992, after leaving the smaller (and now defunct) Mexican Democratic Party (PDM). Polling at about  six percent of the intended vote, he dropped out of the race on September 22nd, 2011. Read more…

  • Alonso Lujambio (PAN)Lujambio dropped out of the race on August 30th, 2011.
He currently serves as Minister of Education. He has also held a number of prestigious roles, including as a member of the Federal Electoral Institute (IME) and as the president of the Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI), in addition to his previous post at ITAM university. In addition to these credentials, he has been involved in a few national media campaigns that have contributed to his increasing rate of public recognition. So far, however, he trailed Creel and Vázquez Mota and alternated with Ernesto Cordero over several months for third place, eventually dropping out of the race on August 30th, 2011.  Read more…
  • Marcelo Ebrard (PRD): Ebrard dropped out of the PRD primary when Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the internal party poll on November 16, 2011. 
Ebrard is the popular current mayor of Mexico City. His tenure has seen the expansion of many social and environmental programs, many addressing the quality of life of “chilangos,” or residents in the Federal District, such as adding bike lanes, expanding public transportation, and undertaking infrastructure projects. He has also focused on social issues, including advocating for gay marriage and abortion rights. Ebrad has been recognized internationally for his efforts, and was named Mayor of the Year in 2010.  However, he was never as popular as Andrés Manuel López Obrador within the party, as thus lost to him in the internal party poll on November 16th, 2011. Read more…

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