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The party of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador won four of six governorships in the country’s regional elections, a victory that further consolidates its power ahead of the 2024 presidential elections, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Results showed that López Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement – known as Morena – and its allied parties won in Tamaulipas, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca and Hidalgo.

The victories give the party control of 22 of 32 Mexican states, which analysts said indicates “that Morena shores up first place heading into the presidency in 2024.”

They added that much of the party’s success is due to López Obrador’s popularity even as the opposition has been losing ground. His rollout of social welfare programs has increased his approval rating, despite ongoing economic challenges and gang-fueled violence, Reuters noted.

Still, others wondered if Morena’s success streak will continue after López Obrador’s term ends. Mexican law only allows presidents to serve a single six-year term.

Meanwhile, observers posited that the recent victory could allow the president to exert more power over the party and also pick his successor for the upcoming elections.

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