- Posted June 27, 2012 by
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Mexico Set to Vote New President Sunday
While most in the US of A have been engrossed with the churning presidential and congressional contests, south of the border Mexicans are preparing to cast ballots on Sunday to also elect a new president.
The campaigns have been a mixture that could be called after the movie, "Sex, Lies and Videotape". One candidate in the upcoming election has even been shown barebreasted on billboards trying to appeal to the more animal instincts of voters.
The front-runner is Enrique Pena Nieto, candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which was in power for most of the last century. Pena Nieto claimed 41.2% in a June 18 poll.
In 2nd place in the poll was Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the 2006 runner-up and former mayor of Mexico City, with 23.8%.
The ruling party's, National Action Party (PAN), candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota trailed with 20.6%.
Mexican markets are already poised for a return to power of the PRI and a Pena Nieto presidency.
What impact this may play on relations between the US and Mexico is not known. It is also uncertain whether the ongoing war with the Mexican drug cartels will dimminish or intensify.
From the Cornfield, whoever is in power with our neighbor to the south does shape US policy. With the issue of immigration and illegal aliens being brought front and center in the US presidential race, it bears watching how Mexicans vote on Sunday.