PENA NIETO CLAIMS VICTORY IN MEXICO PRESIDENTIAL VOTE
- Erique Pena Nieto, the youthful candidate of the party that governed Mexico for decades, claimed victory in the country's presidential election.
The candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) cited the first official results announced by the independent Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) as proof that he won.
The results showed Pena Nieto with 38 percent of the vote against 31-32 percent for his nearest rival, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).
The margin was not as wide as in exit polls, but was difficult to overcome.
Pena Nieto, 45, entered the PRI headquarters in Mexico City to a hero's welcome soon after the results were announced.
"Presidente! Presidente!" the crowd chanted.
"The day of voting has ended. The country now demands ... the unity of all Mexicans," he said, then thanked the other candidates by name for what he said was their contribution to democracy. He also thanked outgoing President Alvaro Calderon by name "for his democratic vocation."
IFE president Leondardo Valdes said the first official results were based on returns from 7,500 polling stations and have a 0.5 percent margin of error.
"More votes were cast in this election than in any other election in Mexico's history," Valdes said.
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