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Mexican Legislators Eye Senate Seats Amid 2024 Elections

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María Alejandra Trujillo
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Mexican Legislators Eye Senate Seats Amid 2024 Elections

Politicians from Mexico's diverse political landscape are maneuvering to climb the ladder from the Chamber of Deputies to the Senate in the forthcoming 2024 elections. The upcoming shift is characterized by a certain level of safety play, with many legislators registering for re-election to secure their current positions while simultaneously eyeing Senate seats.

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PRI's Alejandro Moreno and Carolina Viggiano Lead the Charge

At the forefront of this political transition are Alejandro Moreno and Carolina Viggiano from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The duo is leading the party's list for the Senate, with their sights also set on running again for their existing deputies' roles. PRI's Blanca Alcalá too, is in the pursuit of a Senate seat representing Puebla, while simultaneously working to retain her candidacy for re-election to the Chamber of Deputies.

Morena and PRD Legislators Join the Fray

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Several members of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), including Emmanuel Reyes, are actively seeking Senate seats for their states while also targeting re-election as deputies. The Party of the Democratic Revolution's (PRD) Luis Espinosa Cházaro, who failed to secure a candidacy for Mexico City's government, is aiming for a Senate position, but is also on the roster to retain his deputy seat.

Justifying Dual Candidacies

These dual candidacies may raise eyebrows, but legislators defend their actions as permissible under the guidelines set by the National Electoral Institute (INE). Morena, in particular, disallows simultaneous registration for two elected positions. Legislators such as Blanca Alcalá argue that the right to seek a Senate seat while registering for re-election is justified, given that both positions exist within the Congress. PRD's Gabriela Sodi, while refraining from commenting on others' strategies, endorses re-election in a bid to professionalize parliamentary work.

In the light of these developments, deputies Teresa Castell, Blanca Alcalá, Gabriela Sodi, and Emmanuel Reyes have vocalized their support for consecutive re-elections for legislators, further fueling the ongoing debate on the matter.

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