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Jorge Astiazarán, briefly the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Tijuana mayoral candidate in the 2007 election before residency requirements knocked him out of the race, has become the party's candidate for this year's vote.
Astiazarán is seen as the candidate of former Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, who lost the 2007 governor's race to the National Action Party's José Guadalupe Osuna Millán and had sought to be the PRI's gubernatorial candidate this year. Instead, former congressman Fernando Castro Trenti is the PRI's selection to try to end the PAN's 24-year hold on the governor's post.
Dropping out of the race on Friday was René Mendívil, who had resigned as head of the state PRI to run for the PRI mayoral nomination. He was seen as Castro Trenti's choice for mayor.
The PRI has now avoided having to have a divisive vote between various candidates for almost all major races, as all hopefuls for each post except for the Mexicali mayor's race dropped out of the running. Earlier, PRI hopeful Mariano Escobedo had fallen out of contention in the Tijuana mayor's race. It is the same selection process that Hank Rhon criticized when Castro Trenti emerged as the gubernatorial candidate; then again, Hank Rhon was selected as mayoral candidate through the same process in 2004.
Other PRI mayoral candidates who registered Saturday were: Enrique Esquivel Haros, Rosarito, legislator Gilberto Hirata Chico, Ensenada, César Moreno González de Castilla, Tecate, and legislator Elí Topete (right), Mexicali.