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Manlio Fabio Beltrones withdraws from PRI's primary election

posted Dec 2, 2011, 7:12 PM by Elección México   [ updated Dec 2, 2011, 7:13 PM ]

Manlio Fabio Beltrones has dropped out of the PRI primary, clearing the way for Enrique Peña Nieto’s candidacy. The news comes two weeks after the PRD united behind Andrés Manuel López Obrador on November 16th. The PAN is now the only major party yet to select its candidate, although Josefina Vázquez Mota has emerged as the frontrunner.

Mexican Senator Manlio Fabio Beltrones withdrew from the contest for the PRI nomination on November 21st, clearing the way for the long-favored Enrique Peña Nieto. The frontrunner and former governor of the State of Mexico formally registered his candidacy on November 21st. He told supporters: “Today in Mexico there is fear, but better times are coming.” (Hear more of his remarks in the video of his November 14th conference at the Mexico Institute).

A new Buendía y Laredo poll places him at 20 to 33 percent ahead of his nearest contender, depending on who the PAN ultimately nominates. According to the poll, the closest race would be with Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN).

By Katie Putnam, Mexico Institute on Elections, November 28, 2011