Mexico ruling party likens rival to Venezuela ahead of key vote

5/31/2017 Reuters

PRI logoMexico’s ruling party said on Wednesday its main leftist rival threatened to turn the country into strife-torn Venezuela as the two moved into the final stretch of a tight state election race that could influence next year’s presidential vote.

Two polls showed President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was in a photo-finish with the new party of veteran leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to win Sunday’s election in the State of Mexico.

Mexico’s most populous state has been in PRI hands for nearly nine decades, and losing it to Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) would deal a big blow to the centrist PRI’s hopes of retaining power in July 2018.

A poll in newspaper Reforma showed MORENA’s gubernatorial candidate for the state, Delfina Gomez, had 31.9 percent support, ahead of PRI rival Alfredo del Mazo with 30.7 percent.

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