Samuel Garcia Withdraws from Mexico’s 2024 Presidential Race, Returns to Governorship

Mexico City – December 4, 2023


In an unexpected turn of events, Samuel Garcia, a prominent figure in Mexico’s political landscape and one of the primary contenders in the 2024 presidential race, has officially withdrawn from the competition.

The announcement was made on December 2 by Garcia himself, stating his decision to step back from the electoral race for the presidency and instead resume his duties as the governor of Nuevo Leon, a northern state in Mexico.

The 35-year-old Garcia, affiliated with the center-left Citizens’ Movement (MC) party, conveyed his decision through a statement issued by the Nuevo Leon government. Six weeks ago, Garcia had initially declared his intention to resign as governor and pursue the presidential candidacy under the MC banner. 

However, his party opted to remain independent, steering clear of the primary right-left opposition alliance aimed at challenging the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) in the upcoming June 2024 election.

The withdrawal comes amid a political quagmire surrounding Garcia’s replacement in Nuevo Leon. With political opponents controlling the state legislature, responsible for voting in the interim governor, Garcia faced resistance in his bid to have an MC ally take over. 

This week, the opposition-controlled legislature appointed former state prosecutor Luis Enrique Orozco as the replacement governor, a move that coincided with Garcia’s decision to withdraw from the presidential race just as Orozco was set to assume office.

Recent opinion polls had indicated approximately 10% support for Garcia in the presidential race, placing him behind Xochitl Galvez, the candidate of the main opposition alliance. Both candidates trailed significantly behind the frontrunner, former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who represents the leftist MORENA.

MC’s leader, Dante Delgado, stated that the party will deliberate in the coming days on how to proceed with its selection process. The official announcement of MC’s presidential candidate is anticipated on January 20, adding another layer of intrigue to Mexico’s dynamic political landscape as the 2024 election draws closer.

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