Mexican Presidential Race
Published: May 12, 2012
Mexican Presidential Race, With less than three months left in the Mexican presidential race, Enrique Peña Nieto maintains a wide lead in the polls. The May 6 debate—the first of two between the four candidates—was seen as a chance for his top rival and candidate for the ruling National Action Party (PAN) Josefina Vázquez Mota to catch up. But ADN Politico’s poll of polls shows Peña Nieto of the Institucional Revolutionary Party (PRI) still enjoying a major lead over Vázquez Mota; he polls at 48 percent while she has trended down to 25 percent. The previously third-place Andrés Manuel López Obrador, candidate for the leftist coalition headed by the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), has gained since the debate to tie with Vázquez Mota. Gabriel Quadri de la Torre of the New Alliance may have benefited the most from the debates; he’s gone from polling around 1 percent to now polling 4.7 percent in some surveys. The next debate takes place June 10, and the presidential election comes just after on July 1.
The telegenic Enrique Peña Nieto has emerged as the PRI’s best hope to return to the presidency following two PAN S-EX-enios (six-year presidential terms). Peña Nieto was already in the public’s eye before he announced his candidacy on September 19, 2011. While governor of the State of Mexico from 2005 to 2011, in an event likened to a royal wedding, he married a soap opera star from the influential Televisa network, which has longstanding ties to his PRI. His campaign coordinator and closest counsel is Luis Videgaray Caso, a former federal deputy and the State of Mexico’s finance secretary during Peña Nieto’s gubernatorial term.
Josefina Vázquez Mota, candidate for Felipe Calderón’s PAN, was a journalist and business consultant before entering the public sector as part of the Vicente Fox administration, serving as secretary of social development. Vázquez Mota then became education secretary in President Felipe Calderón’s cabinet. In April 2009, she left the secretariat to become a federal deputy for the PAN. She served in various leadership positions for the PAN bloc during her congressional tenure.
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