Leftist Mexican presidential candidate rises in poll

May 14, 2012 04:14


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MEXICO CITY - Leftist Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has moved up into a second-place tie in the latest voter survey by pollster BGC, but front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto maintains a large lead.

With seven weeks to go until the July 1 election, Lopez Obrador, the 2006 runner-up, rose 3 percentage points to 26 percent, according to the poll for Monday's edition of newspaper Excelsior, which BGC published on its website on Sunday.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, of President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party (PAN), slipped 2 points to 26 percent.

Both remained far behind hot favorite Pena Nieto, candidate of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI, who dipped 2 points to 45 percent, BGC said.

Political analysts say they expect Pena Nieto to maintain his lead into the election, and many doubt that Lopez Obrador will be able to gain much more support.

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