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Polls Suggest Extremely Tight Three-way Mayoral Election In Mexico City In July

LADB Article ID: 53933
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2000-04-05
By: LADB Staff

The race for mayor of Mexico City remains too close to call three months before the July 2 election. Public-opinion polls conducted in late March show voter preferences in the Mexican capital are almost evenly divided among the three principal candidates: Jesus Silva Herzog of the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the center-left Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD), and Santiago Creel Miranda of the conservative Partido Accion Nacional (PAN). The winner will succeed PRD Mayor Rosario Robles, appointed to the post last year to succeed Cuauhtemoc Cardenas who resigned to focus on his presidential campaign (see SourceMex, 1999-10-06). In 1997, Cardenas was the first democratically elected mayor of the Mexican capital. Until 1997, Mexico City mayors were appointed by the president. A public-opinion poll by the daily newspaper Reforma gives the PRD a good chance of retaining the mayoralty of the capital.

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