About 600 people in total from the different parties have backed out of their races in recent months, according to Carlos Figueroa Ibarra, head of human rights at Morena, the political party leading presidential polls.
“Many years ago, crime used to be controlled, or administered, by the state,” Supreme Court Judge José Ramón Cossío told BuzzFeed News.
Virtually every political party has had a candidate, pre-candidate, or affiliated politician killed, though the ruling party leads the list with 40 homicides, according to Etellekt’s latest report.
Analysts say organized crime and local criminal groups are behind many of the murders, though some appear to have been committed by political rivals.
And yet, people are focused on election day, as if “the entire country will end on July 1 and the entire country will be reborn on July 1,” said Cossío, the Supreme Court judge, who called the current state in Mexico an electoral fog.