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Mexico City's former head of government and standard-bearer of the Mexican left Andrés Manuel López Obrador has won a sweeping victory — as expected — in the race to become Mexico's new president, per The New York Times.

Why it matters: Often described as a populist with an intense focus on the welfare of the poor, AMLO, as he is commonly known, ran on a platform of social welfare and non-interventionism, spooking business leaders. As Axios' David Lawler wrote last month, he "has played the roles both of rabble-rousing revolutionary and common sense pragmatist — it's not always clear which version Mexico is about to elect."

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

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Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.