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Former Mexican lawmaker and first lady ends her presidential bid

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As an independent candidate, Zavala struggled to attract widespread support, in part because of the unpopular national security policies of her husband, Felipe Calderon, who served as president from 2006 to 2012. Calderon’s decision to send tens of thousands of soldiers into the streets to fight powerful drug cartels has been blamed for fueling Mexico’s ongoing violence, which last year claimed a record-breaking 29,159 homicide victims.


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