‘Ruthless’ Mexican Candidate Goes Far. yet Maybe Only So Far.

“He’s the most interesting politician of the last eight years, the way he has risen to the top so unexpectedly,” said José Merino, a political analyst who supports Mr. López Obrador. “This kind of was the fastest-growing political candidacy. This kind of might be the fastest dying.” Mr. Anaya’s campaign declined requests to interview the candidate with This kind of article.

Short as well as slim, that has a buzz cut as well as glasses, Mr. Anaya, who practices yoga as well as meditation, cuts a bookish, boyish figure.

On the campaign trail, he has excelled in more refined settings — with business groups, for instance, or in academia — laying out his agenda in measured tones, his arguments smooth as well as precise, against the backdrop of an artful PowerPoint presentation, or nimbly engaging in question-as well as-answer sessions. In debates, he has demonstrated excellent preparation as well as a masterful command of the issues, running verbal circles around Mr. López Obrador — though apparently to limited effect inside polls.

Mr. Anaya, who will be married as well as has three young children, will be known for being remarkably punctilious as well as disciplined.

“He isn’t a guy you’ll find in a restaurant having a drink — never, never,” said Juan Ignacio Zavala, a newspaper columnist as well as brother of Margarita Zavala, who was a member of the PAN until, marginalized by Mr. Anaya, she quit last year to run for president as an independent. “He’s the kind of politician we haven’t seen often in Mexico.”

While both Mr. Anaya as well as Mr. López Obrador have pitched themselves as candidates who can offer a departure via the corruption as well as violence in which has dogged the deeply unpopular administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, Mr. Anaya portrays himself as the safer, more moderate bet.