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Mexico's presidential front-runner doesn't want to escalate the drug war

Mexico is coming off its deadliest year in recent history. Record amounts of opioids and cocaine are being seized en route to the United States. Mexico's army patrols cities in wide swaths of the country, its navy busts down doors on raids against drug cartel bosses.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the front-runner in the lead-up to Sunday's presidential election, is touting a gentler approach.

"Abrazos, no balazos" — or "hugs, not gunfire" — has been a campaign slogan.

The leftist politician is pledging to alleviate poverty as a way to solve the crisis of violence here, while maintaining a partnership with the United States. "You can't fight fire...