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Partido Revolucionario Institucional Sweeps Midterm Elections At Expense Of Governing Party

LADB Article ID: 50805
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2009-08-06
By: LADB Staff

With some headlines proclaiming, "The dinosaur has awoken," the former governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) carved a bigger space for itself on the Mexican political landscape with overwhelming victories in the congressional elections and in five of the six gubernatorial races in the July 5 midterm elections. A less-than-enthusiastic electorate returned the PRI to a dominant political position, with absentionism and participation in the "blank vote" campaign reportedly high. Under the blank-vote campaign, voters simply marked a big X on their ballot instead of casting a normal vote.

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