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Mexico leftist moves into second in presidential poll
Reuters ^ | May 22, 2012 | David Alire Garcia and Lisa Shumaker

Posted on 05/23/2012 3:13:43 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

Mexico's leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pushed into second place behind opposition frontrunner Enrique Pena Nieto with just seven weeks to go before the vote, a poll showed on Tuesday.

Lopez Obrador, who narrowly lost the 2006 race to President Felipe Calderon, had 20.5 percent support in the poll by Consulta Mitofsky, up 1.4 percent from last week, overtaking the No. 2 spot for the first time in the survey.

But the silver-haired former mayor of Mexico City is still trailing Pena Nieto from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) by more than 17 points.

Lopez Obrador is steadily gaining ground on the ruling conservative National Action Party (PAN) as voters turn away from their candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota. Calderon is barred from running for re-election.

Vazquez Mota's campaign is sputtering after a contentious primary vote led to party infighting. Voters are also disenchanted with rising drug violence and shocking cartel massacres during Calderon's administration.

She slipped into third place for the first time in the Mitofsky poll with 20.1 percent, down 0.7 percent from last week's survey, reducing her chances of becoming Mexico's first woman president.

Pena Nieto has held a commanding lead throughout the campaign with 37.9 percent support in Tuesday's poll, down half a percent from the previous week.

The young and good-looking former governor, is trying to put a new face on the PRI, which ruled Mexico for seven decades before losing to the PAN in 2000.

His efforts to woo youth voters, though, were met with marches organized over the weekend by mostly university students, lambasting Pena Nieto and the PRI's autocratic past.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Mexico; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; drugcartels; mexico; pri
The PRI is trying to distance itself from the ex-gov of Tamaulipas, Tomas Yarrington, recently accused in the US of using millions of cartel dollars to purchase real estate in Texas.
1 posted on 05/23/2012 3:13:53 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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>> the ruling conservative National Action Party <<

Kinda funny how all the followers of Mexico's "ruling conservative" party love Barack Obama and the Democrats here in the U.S. ...

2 posted on 05/24/2012 8:32:34 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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