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The National Action Party has formed the "United for Baja California" coalition with the Democratic Revolution Party and the New Alliance Party founded by teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo in this year's governor's race. Also part of the coalition is the Baja California State Party.
The agreement calls for the PAN to decide what gubernatorial candidate to select in its attempt to retain its 24-year hold on the state's top office. This is a blow to gubernatorial hopeful Gastón Luken, who has represented the PAN in Congress but also worked for PRD governments in Mexico City. Luken is not a member of a political party.
The leftist PRD and the conservative PAN have formed coalitions in recent years to stop the PRI from winning governor's races in various states. The PRD was one of three parties, including the Workers Party and the Citizens Movement, that backed former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the presidential race.
As part of the deal, the PAN is to back a PRD candidate for mayor of Ensenada. PRD candidates also will be running in Districts 6, 8, and 12 for the state legislature.
Update, Feb. 7: Many in the PRD are upset with the decision to go into coalition with the PAN, and say they will be voting for Castro Trenti. El Mexicano political page (PDF). El Mexicano story (PDF).
Other PRD members participate in media event backing coalition with PAN. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Previous mention of PRD members' support for Castro Trenti.
The top PAN candidates for the gubernatorial nomination are former Tijuana mayors Francisco "Kiko" Vega, who has been organizing well-attended gatherings, and Héctor Osuna Jaime.
The Baja California State Party formed a coalition with the PRI in the 2007 gubernatorial election, while the New Alliance Party helped the PAN's José Guadalupe Osuna Millán defeat the PRI's Jorge Hank Rhon for the state's top post.
Meanwhile, the PRI's "Commitment to Baja California" coalition will include the Green Party, the Workers Party and the Social Encounter Party. The Green Party was part of the alliance that won the presidency for the PRI's Enrique Peña Nieto last year. A Green Party politician who helped gum up the PRI's chances of winning a Baja California federal Senate or two last year was just named the federal environmental agency's representative. The Green Party formed a coalition with the PAN in 2001 but has been with the PRI in subsequent elections. The Social Encounter Party was part of the PAN's winning gubernatorial coalition in 2007.