Mexican front-runner, ruling party candidate start campaigns

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The front-running candidate for Mexico’s July 1 presidential election formally opened his campaign Sunday in Ciudad Juarez, the border city that launched some of the country’s key resistance struggles.

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador depicts his third run for the presidency as a historic battle against corruption and entrenched elites, on a par with the resistance to the French invasion of 1862-1867 and the 1910-1917 revolution. Ciudad Juarez served as a base in both struggles.

Governing party candidate Jose Antonio Meade also launched his campaign Sunday in the colonial city of Merida, the capital of Yucatan state, one of the few governorships that his Institutional Revolutionary Party hopes to retain among the nine statehouses that will be at stake.