> Hundreds – yes hundreds – of YouTube videos documenting vote buying by the PRI.
> Evidence that the PRI was offering bribes to electoral officials. This, in fact, was being Tweeted heavily on Sunday during the election. Officials were allegedly being offered 5,000 pesos ($380) to work for the PRI. As Al Capone knew long ago, it is far more effective to pay slightly more to those who have influence over many, than to pay off all the little guys (here known as voters).
The concern with regard to a Peña Nieto presidency is that he’ll go back to the old days. Then again, that may just be what many people want. Tired of a ruinous drug war that has claimed over 55,000 lives, and suspicious of the left-leaning PRD that threw Mexico City into chaos after the 2006 elections, the PRI could win some voters on nostalgia alone. Or 36.58% of them, minus those who have already spent their bribes or eaten their care packages.
Thumbs up - the left went to the PRD for president
and the right to a PAN senator (for real)
(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)