Presidential election suddenly gets tighter
Since the ruling National Action Party (PAN) selected Josefina Vázquez Mota the race for the presidential vote on 1st July suddenly looks much tighter than before.
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, who has been doing all of the running for the last few months against an unpopular government was 20% ahead of his closest rival last month – but not anymore.
The latest poll by GEA/ISA gives Nieto 36% of the vote with PAN candidate Vázquez Mota just seven percentage points behind on 29%.
A number of newspapers are reporting that the reduction in the gap is partly due to the commencement of campaigning by Vázquez Mota who has made no gaffes and appears very confident. In contrast the cerebral Nieto has made a number of gaffes including being unable to quote the price of a kilo of tortillas (a staple diet in Mexico) and instead retorting that he was not a housewife.
The opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has also seen senior members accused of financial misdemeanours as well as accusations to organised crime in the past few weeks.