Sheila Pell 8:30 a.m., Feb. 7
Mexican Presidential Runner-Up Yet to Concede, Recount Due Today
The runner-up in the Mexican presidential race has yet to concede his loss in the election, due to numerous allegations of election fraud. Over a thousand reports of voter irregularities have been reported across the country so far.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD or The Party of the Democratic Revolution), the runner-up according to current vote counts, claims that the irregularities caused him to lose by a fairly small margin. López Obrador claims he will not concede until every vote is recounted.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the assumed winner of the election, claims the election was completely fair. Peña Nieto, of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI or Institutional Revolutionary Party), took the national election with 38.4% compared to López Obrador at 31.4%.
Peña Nieto won the Baja California vote by a relatively small margin. The PRI candidate took 36.5%, while the PRD candidate took 31.39% of the states vote.
Baja California has traditional been a heavy Partido Acción Nacional (PAN or the National Action Party) favorite. The state only voted the PAN candidate, Josefina Vázquez Mota, at 27.44% of the tally.
54.5% of the total votes in Mexico are currently being recounted from the July 1st election. The results are expected to be ready today, July 5th. Even though there are allegations of fraud, most admit this years elections are by far the most transparent and fair in Mexico’s history.
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