Leftists ahead in tight race for Mexican state vote, Reforma poll shows

5/31/2017 Reuters

Mexican politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador,  leader of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures as he addresses the audience during a meeting at Plaza Zaragoza in Monterrey, Mexico
Mexican politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, leader of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures as he addresses the audience during a meeting at Plaza Zaragoza in Monterrey, Mexico February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

The party of presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador held a slight lead in a race to strip control of Mexico’s most populous state from the party that has ruled it for nearly nine decades, a poll in the Reforma newspaper showed on Wednesday.

The candidate for the leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) had the support of 31.9 percent of people interviewed in the Reforma national daily ahead of Sunday’s vote in the State of Mexico, while the candidate for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had the support of 30.7 percent.

The poll was conducted through 1,200 interviews at home between May 24 and May 29 and has a 3.2 percent margin of error.

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