With just over 99 percent of the ballot boxes counted as of 9 p.m., more than half of them double-checked due to the possibility of fraud, Pena Nieto had more than 38 percent of the vote. In second place was leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with more than 31 percent. That gave Pena Nieto a lead of more than 3.3 million votes.
Lopez Obrador alleges Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, engaged in vote-buying that illegally tilted millions of votes toward the party that controlled virtually all Mexico’s institutions until it lost the presidency in 2000. Lopez Obrador has not specified exactly how many votes he believes were bought.
Expect runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and other candidates, however, to follow up with a legal challenge.
July 5, 2012 // 23:00 // 2 years ago