Patt Morrison for June 29, 2012

Mexicans head to the polls

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Mexico will hold its presidential election on July 1st

Mexico elects a new president every six years, and this Sunday is it. For the first time, a woman is running as a major party candidate – and for the second time, Mexicans living abroad can cast absentee ballots.

Frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto, representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), is backed by good looks, powerful connections, and the strongest political operation in the country. He’s also widely expected win. Nieto’s competition includes Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and Mexico’s would-be first female president Josefina Vázquez Mota from the conservative National Action Party (PAN.)

Polls show Mota to be trailing in third place. Patt checks in with one man who plans to return home to vote this weekend and we check in on the campaign trail and what the election outcome could mean for the U.S.

WEIGH IN:

Who would you like to see win this weekend’s election? Are you a Mexican citizen returning home to vote, or did you vote by absentee ballot? If so, who are you voting for and why?

Guests:

Raul Murillo, president, Hermandad Mexicana en Estados Unidos, which has been registering voters; Mexican citizen who will be returning home tomorrow to vote in the Mexican presidential election

John Ackerman, political science professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City


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