Sunday, July 02, 2006

'Leftist candidate' has lead in tight Mexican presidential race

Mexicans go to the polls Sunday to decide whether candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will overtake his rivals and become the latest 'leftist' Latin American president.

A voter drops her ballot into a polling box at Zachila, in the Mexico's state of Oaxaca, Sunday, July 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
A voter drops her ballot into a polling box at Zachila, in the Mexico's state of Oaxaca, Sunday, July 2, 2006. AP Photo/Israel Leal via Yahoo News.

Polls indicate that conservative Felipe Calderon, 43, of Fox's National Action Party, and leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 52, a former Mexico City mayor from the Democratic Revolution Party are locked in a tight race. The Institutional Revolutionary Party's Roberto Madrazo was running a distant third further highlighting the downfall of the party that led Mexico for 71 years.

An announcement of the winner may come only a few hours after the polls close at 9 p.m. EDT.


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