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Mexican Election Results Split; PRI Wins Majority But Does Not Sweep The Board

July 6, 2010 By Staff
Mexican President Felipe Caldeón with his wife, Margarita Zavala.

Mexican President Felipe Caldeón with his wife, Margarita Zavala.

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Top Story — Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won the majority of the seats up for grabs in Sunday’s elections, but lost positions in three key states.

The PRI won nine out of the 12 contests held across the country Sunday, including the gubernatorial seats in Zacatecas, Tlaxcala and Aguascalientes. The party also won in the border cities including Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, which have been recently plagued by drug violence in the past few years.

“This election proves the PRI is the leading political force in the country,” said the party’s president Beatriz Paredes, according to the BBC.

However, the PRI lost positions in the states of Sinaloa, Oaxaca and Puebla, which have been traditionally viewed as party strongholds. These states were taken by an alliance between President Felipe Calderón’s conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution.

While the run-up to the elections was plagued by violence and threats toward political candidates from the country’s drug cartels, Sunday’s elections were relatively peaceful.

There was however a lower voter turnout than expected, especially in the Tamaulipas state where gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre Cantú was murdered last week. His brother, Egidio Torre, ran in his place on won 62 percent of the vote.

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