In the end, if this is the end, it was much closer than many
Mexico’s left-of-centre PRD and its candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, gained 31.71% of
the popular vote in the country’s presidential election, with Enrique Peña
Nieto of the PRI capturing 38.05%.
Josefina Vázquez Mota of the ruling right-of-centre PAN
placed third, at 25.86%, with smaller parties picking up the remainder.
Peña Nieto had been polling in the low 40s, with López
Obrador in the high 20s. The spread had consistently been from 13 to 18
percentage points. The closer gap could be due to a higher turnout of young people
swayed by the #YoSoy132
#YoSoy132 activists monitoring the vote late into the evening at their
command post under the Monumento a la Revolucion, Mexico City, July 1
Peña Nieto was saved by his effective party apparatus, which
has spent the past 12 years regrouping. The PRI ruled Mexico continuously from
1929 to 2000, and was infamous for having a well-oiled political machine that
bought and stole its way to the presidency every six years.