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What Election Of Mexico's New President Says About U.S. Relations

voting booth in Mexico City
Rodrigo Cervantes/KJZZ
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A voting booth in Mexico City on July 1, 2018.

The election of the new Mexican president on Sundaywill undoubtedly have ripple effects on relations with the United States, on NAFTA negotiations and immigration.

The winner of the election, leftist Andres Manuel López Obrador, seems to be a very different leader than the outgoing president, Enrique Peña Nieto. So does will that mean a different type of relationship with the United States?

Sergio Bárcena, a political science professor at Tec de Monterrey, joined The Show to talk about that.

Jorge Valencia joined KJZZ in August 2016 as the station's first senior field correspondent based in Mexico City. His reporting focuses on the business and economics between Arizona and Mexico.Valencia previously covered the North Carolina statehouse in Raleigh for North Carolina Public Radio. He reported on a controversial law that curtailed protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, and on voting rights and environmental policy issues. He also reported on the shooting of three Arab-American students, traveling to Turkey's border with Syria to report on a project the students had started to help Syrian refugees.Valencia began his journalism career covering crime for the Roanoke Times of Virginia and in internships with newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. He has been the recipient of multiple journalism awards for his work in radio and in newspapers. Valencia studied journalism at the University of Maryland and grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and the suburbs of Washington, D.C.