What you need to know

  • Historic election: Claudia Sheinbaum is projected to win Mexico’s presidential election and become the first woman to lead the country’s government, according to official preliminary results. The climate scientist and Mexico City’s former mayor rode the wave of popularity of her longtime political ally, outgoing leftist Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and their Morena party.
  • Millions headed to the polls: Sheinbaum is set to defeat Xóchitl Gálvez of the opposition coalition in the country’s largest election in history. Over 98 million voters were registered to cast a ballot in Mexico and more than 20,000 positions are set to be filled after a campaign cycle that was marred by violence.
  • Regional implications: As the new president, Sheinbaum will face several challenges, including security, organized crime, energy and immigration, and would also set the tone for the pivotal US-Mexico bilateral relationship. Sunday’s vote came just months before the US presidential election, where immigration is a top issue.

Follow live updates from CNN reporters in Mexico City and other parts of the country in the posts below. Sigue nuestra cobertura en vivo de las elecciones en Español aquí.