Mexicans in Los Angeles react to Mexico's presidential election

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Female volunteers with FIOB, the Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales, a binational organization of indigenous Mexicans — they organized a caravan of 30 people to travel to Tijuana so they could cast their votes in the election.

While Enrique Peña Nieto celebrates his election as president of Mexico, some Mexicans who live in Los Angeles aren’t ready to accept the election result.

As it turns out, Enrique Peña Nieto got the least number of votes from Mexicans living abroad. Mexico’s electoral council said most migrants voted for the third-place finisher, Josefina Vasquez Mota, while a number of Mexicans who live in L.A. voted for the candidate on the left, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Silvia Ventura Luna is with a binational organization of indigenous Mexicans. Ventura Luna was one of 30 people, most of them of Zapotec and Mixtec descent, who traveled from Los Angeles to Tijuana to cast their votes.

“Many people who came with us had never voted," Ventura Luna said. "We got there at 8 a.m. and we got stuck in line for seven hours. The whole thing was very disorganized, and we found irregularities.”

Other Mexican community groups based here also say they cannot accept the election results as they are. They say they’ll continue supporting Lopez Obrador — who still hasn’t accepted defeat.

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