Patt Morrison for July 2, 2012

Mexican election, contested

Alex Cossio/AP

Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3.

Results from Mexico’s presidential election yesterday show predicted frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto in the lead, but his leftist competitor Andrés Manuel López Obrador is contesting the election and refusing to concede. He did the same thing in the last election in 2006 and protests gridlocked Mexico City. Voting was mostly peaceful Sunday, but there were numerous complaints of hours-long lines, delayed polling stations, and too few ballots. The army also redoubled forces in the border city of Nuevo Laredo after suspected drug traffickers detonated a car bomb outside City Hall on Friday. Reports of voter fraud in past elections have been widespread. Patt looks into the allegations and whether it looks like there will be a recount, or López Obrador will concede.


Pamela Starr, associate professor of international relations and public diplomacy at USC and director of the US-Mexico Network; she was an official election observer and she joins us from Mexico City

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