Mexico: Claudia Sheinbaum is New President

Leading a left-wing coalition, she is the first woman to head the Republic

The vote count won’t be completed until the evening of June 3, but “Doctor” Claudia Sheinbaum has already all but won the election and will become Mexico’s first woman president.

Sheinbaum, with 62% of ballots counted, leads with more than 58% of the vote, while official the Election Commission’s estimates give the victory with percentages between 58.3% and 60.7%, confirming exit polls that handed the “populist left” candidate the win with 60.2% of the vote against 28.3% of Xochitl Gálvez, representative of the conservative forces PAN, PRI, and PRD. Sheinbaum’s coalition uniting Morena, PT, and Green parties also wins Mexico City’s mayoral election with another woman, Clara Brugada.

Born in 1962, Sheinbaum earned her undergraduate degree in physics and her doctorate in energy engineering. She was already mayor of Mexico City from 2018 to 2023 and is considered the political heiress of outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“I want to thank the Mexican people for recognizing our history, for the results, for their conviction and will, but above all for the people’s recognition of our national project. I am also grateful because for the first time in the 200 years of the Republic, I will be the first woman president of Mexico. We envisioned a pluralistic, diverse, and democratic Mexico,” Sheinbaum explained after receiving calls from her rivals Xochitl Gálvez and Álvarez Máynez, who conceded defeat.

Messages of support from leftist leaders in Latin America came immediately: Xiomara Castro, the first female president of Honduras, explained that she had already “agreed on the phone to work together for the unity of Latin America and the Caribbean.” Congratulations also came from Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo explained that “Mexico elected its first woman president. With her, he celebrates a people strengthened by democracy and hope for a better future,” followed by Colombian Gustavo Petro: “Mexico elected a progressive as the first woman president in its history.”