Vasquez loses ground in Mexico's presidential race
April 11, 2012
Mexico's presidential race is on, and the ruling party's candidate, Josefina Vasquez Mota, started out strong, but polls show support for the presidential hopeful is waning. Reuters reports the National Action Party (PAN) nominee has 18 percent support, based on the latest public opinion poll. This is down 1 percent from the last survey, and also marks the lowest point of Vasquez's support since the election campaigns began.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Vasquez has been confronted time and again by protesters during public events, and during one speech most of her audience left before she was finished. The PAN has held office for the past two terms, but if recent polls are any indication, Mexico may soon have a new ruling party.
Enrique Pena Nieto, the candidate for the opposing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had 40.1 percent of the votes in the recent poll, according to Reuters. His numbers increased by two percentage points, and the news source indicates that nearly one quarter of those polled were undecided, which put Pena Nieto ahead of Vasquez and the other leading candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, behind the PRI nominee by nearly 30 points.