Mexicans went to the polls Sunday in what is being billed as the biggest elections in the country's history. More than 18,000 government posts are up for grabs in Sunday's (July 01) vote, ranging from local governments to the presidency.
There are 80 million registered voters and millions of ballots have been sent across the country along with international observers for the election, which could see an upset for the ruling political class with leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador out in front.
This is the third time Lopez Obrador has run for the presidency. After losing in previous votes, he has alleged vote rigging and electoral manipulation. At a news conference in Mexico City Friday, electoral officials talked up the strength of the vote in Mexico and urged the country's registered voters to get out and participate.
All updates are in Mexico City's time.
Once in the Zocalo, Mexico's largest square, AMLO addresses thousands of supporters and says his government will be a transition to a new era in the country.
"I will do another tour of the country as president-elect. There will not be a divorce now that we won and we’re forming a government. No, this is the government of the people, for the people and by the people," he said.
#MexicoDecides | President of #Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez sent a congratulatory message to the elected president of #Mexico Andres Manuel López Obrador #AMLO @lopezobrador_ for his "historic victory"#MexicoDecide #VotaMexico #Elecciones2018 pic.twitter.com/6Fjf6hXj0A— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) July 2, 2018
Lopez Obrador addresses supporters at his campaign headquarters at Hilton Hotel.
The official quick count gives Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador between 53 and 53.8 percent of the votes, followed by Ricardo Anaya with 22.1-22.8 percent. Meade comes next with 15.7-16.3.
With 37.7 percent of the votes, the local electoral authorities of Jalisco declared Enrique Alfaro, from the centrist Citizen Movement party, as the governor-elect of the state. He will be the first governor of Jalisco coming from a party different than the mainstream PRI and PAN.
In Veracruz, the quick count gave Morena's Cuitlahuac Garcia 43.9-45.9 percent of the votes, about five points ahead of the runner-up.
In Chiapas the race is still tight, as Morena's candidate Rutilio Escandon is followed closely by PRI's Roberto Albores.
The Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), which ran within PRI's coalition, recognizes Lopez Obrador's imminent victory.
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno congratulates AMLO for his victory.
Felicitaciones a Andrés Manuel @LopezObrador_ nuevo presidente de México.— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) July 2, 2018
Mis mejores augurios para el hermano pueblo azteca. Seguiremos estrechando lazos y aunando esperanzas.
"Congratulations to Andrés Manuel @LopezObrador_ new president of Mexico. My best hopes for the Aztec brother. We will continue to strengthen ties and bring hope."
In his first comments after the elections, Lopez Obrador promises he will "exile corruption."
Felicito al hermano pueblo mexicano y a su presidente electo, @lopezobrador_. Que se abran las anchas alamedas de soberanía y amistad de nuestros pueblos. Con él triunfa la verdad por encima de la mentira y se renueva la esperanza de la Patria Grande.— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) 2 de julio de 2018
"I congratulate the people of Mexico and their president elect @lopezobrador_. Lets open the wide popular groves of sovereignty and friendship of our people. With him the truth triumphs over the lies and the hope or the Great Homeland renovates."
Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2 de julio de 2018
#MexicoDecides | With 1,100 of 156,840 of ballot boxes accounted for (00.7013%)— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) 2 de julio de 2018
The #PreliminaryResults are:@lopezobrador_ - 46.72%@RicardoAnayaC - 27.07%@JoseAMeadeK - 17.67%@JaimeRdzNL - 5.87%
▶️ https://t.co/LKbzM1N9xt#MexicoDecide #VotaMexico pic.twitter.com/Wx1j5S6FIY
Supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador react outside a hotel while waiting for the presidential election results in downtown Mexico City.
The President of El Salvador Salvador Sanchez congratulated AMLO for his victory.
Mis sinceras felicitaciones a Andrés Manuel López Obrador por la victoria obtenida en las presidenciales de México.— Salvador Sánchez (@sanchezceren) 2 de julio de 2018
Con @lopezobrador_ seguiremos fortaleciendo los profundos lazos de amistad en función del bienestar de nuestros pueblos #ElecccionesMéxico2018 pic.twitter.com/pNpQ00jm8s
“My most sincere congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the victory obtained in the Mexican presidential elections. With @lopezobrador_ we will keep strengthening the deep friendship bonds for the well being of our people #MexicoElections2018”
The incumbent president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos also congratulated AMLO.
Felicitaciones a Andrés @lopezobrador_ por su triunfo electoral en México. Espero que mantenga las excelentes relaciones que hemos tenido entre nuestros dos países.— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) 2 de julio de 2018
Former Mexican President Felipe de Jesus Calderon Hinojosa congratulates AMLO for his imminent victory.
Los ciudadanos han decidido; felicito a @lopezobrador_ por haber ganado las elecciones el día de hoy. Como mexicano deseo que le vaya bien, y que gobierne con sensatez y honestidad, atento a lo que hagan sus subordinados. En lo que haga bien tendrá todo mi apoyo.— Felipe Calderón (@FelipeCalderon) 2 de julio de 2018
""The citizens have decided; I congratulate you on @lopezobrador_ winning the election today. As a Mexican I want you to do well, and to govern sensibly and honestly, attentive to what your people want. In what you do well you will have my full support."
The former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa congratulates AMLO.
Felicitaciones a Andrés Manuel López Obrador, nuevo presidente de nuestro México lindo y querido, con una victoria arrasadora.— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) 2 de julio de 2018
La Patria Grande está de fiesta.
Duro golpe a la restauración conservadora y a los vientos de entreguismo que vivía la región.
¡Mucha suerte AMLO!
"Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the new president of our dear and beloved Mexico, for his overwhealming victory. The Great Homeland is celebrating. A hard blow to the conservative restoration and the winds of consession the region was living. Good luck AMLO!"
Two hours before the fast count is published, all other presidential candidates conceded and recognized AMLO's overwhealming lead. He will be the next president of Mexico for the next six years starting December 1.
Runner-up Ricardo Anaya, from the right-wing National Action Party (PAN), concedes and recognizes AMLO's lead. He already called him by phone to congratulate him.
Bolivian President Evo Morales congratulates AMLO for his victory.
Nuestra más calurosa felicitación al Hno. Presidente electo @lopezobrador_, por su contundente victoria en las elecciones de #México����. Estamos seguros que su gobierno escribirá una nueva página en la historia de dignidad y soberanía latinoamericana. #AndrésManuelPresidente pic.twitter.com/Gg11vsPWJG— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) July 2, 2018
"Our most enthusiastic congratulations to our brother president elect @lopezobrador_ for his overwhealming victory in Mexican elections. We're sure his government will write a new page in the history of Latin American dignity and sovereignty. #AndresManuelPresident"
The head of the ruling PRI, Rene Juarez, recognizes his party's defeat on the presidential, legislative and local elections except for Yucatan, where their candidate Mauricio Sahui Rivero might become the next governor.
Margarita Zavala, the independent candidate who dropped from the presidential race, congratulated AMLO.
"Congratulations to @lopezobrador_ for the victory showed by the known tendencies. I wish him success in his government for the well being of Mexico and every Mexican."
The electoral authorities estimate a turn out of 63.1176 percent.
With 00.056 percent of votes counted, Lopez Obrador is on the lead with 42.2 percent. Anaya follows with 31.29 percent.
#MexicoDecides | With 88 of 156,840 of ballot boxes accounted for (00.0561%)— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) July 2, 2018
The #PreliminaryResults are:@lopezobrador_ - 42.21%@RicardoAnayaC - 31.29%@JoseAMeadeK - 17.84%@JaimeRdzNL - 5.88%
▶️ https://t.co/LKbzM1N9xt#MexicoDecide #Elecciones2018 pic.twitter.com/dDZE3FBn4D
Jose Antonio Meade, presidential candidate for the ruling Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), said the exit poll's tendencies are not in his favor, concedes defeat and recognizes Lopez Obrador's lead.
The official preliminary results system starts publishing live updates and gives AMLO the lead with 43 percent of the votes. Anaya comes in second with 28 percent. Exit polls are rolling out and give the center-left candidate a wide lead.
Gustavo Petro, who ended up runner-up in the last presidential elections in Colombia, reacts to AMLO's victory.
"You didn't let yourselves get fooled, you didn't let yourselves get buyed. Like in 1917, Mexico marks the turning point of an era in history. How sad Colombia is not with this effort of history, but Colombia will make it despite of it all."
The peso traded at 19.755 to the dollar, edging near one-month high of 19.5615 touched on Friday.
The preliminary results will have 12 percent of the votes counted by midnight. By 8 a.m. 82 percent of the votes will be counted.
Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Morena are gathering outside the party's office in Mexico City.
AMLO announces he will give a public speech in front of the Hilton hotel in Mexico City when the fast count is published at 11 p.m. Afterward, him and his supporters will move to the Zocalo, the main square.
Polling stations in the north and western side of the country start closing.
Exit polls say Morena's Claudia Sheinbaum will be the next mayor of Mexico City, with between 47 and 55 percent of the vote intention.
Gracias a todas y a todos.— Claudia Sheinbaum (@Claudiashein) 1 de julio de 2018
¡GANAMOS! Rescataremos la Ciudad de la Esperanza pic.twitter.com/Ku9RMUAN5p
"Thanks everybody. WE WON! We will rescue the City of Hope."
In Veracruz, Cuitlahuac Garcia, also from Morena, is leading Mitofsky's exit polls with a similar advantage. The same polling firm predicts Morena will also take the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Morelos.
Officers start counting foreign vote in the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City. A total of 98,000 people voted from abroad, 77 percent voted from the United States.
En la sede del Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus CDMX, se está contando la votación emitida desde el exterior. pic.twitter.com/LDzrwUocH0— Ciro Murayama (@CiroMurayamaINE) 1 de julio de 2018
At 2 p.m. and armed group opened fire and disrupted the polling station in San Sebastian Aparicio, in the state of Puebla, and the voting was cancelled there. In protest, people burned the ballots.
Thousands of ballots were stolen in different municipalities of Puebla.
An image shared by Whatsapp from earlier in the day, showing the runner-up Ricardo Anaya closely behind Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is declared fake by Grupo Imagen. Exit polls for the federal elections are not allowed until 8 PM, Mexico City's time.
Polling stations begin to officially close across the country, but voters in the line can still cast their vote.
Officers get ready to close polling stations.
The Mexican electoral authorities explain that the 750 ballots measure for every special polling station was agreed on beforehand with every party, as in every past electoral process.
1,106 complaints on electoral crimes and 17 people arrested reported.
The electoral authorities report 96.09 percent of the polling stations were installed as planned.
President of Mexico's election board Lorenzo Córdova cast his vote.
Gracias al compromiso de mis vecinos hoy pude votar en libertad Estamos viendo una participación masiva en todo el país. Celebrémoslo siendo pacientes con las y los funcionarios de casilla que nos dieron su domingo #Elecciones2018 #VotoLibre pic.twitter.com/OHRZvbXczF— Lorenzo Córdova V. (@lorenzocordovav) July 1, 2018
Mexico's National Electoral Institute issues a release assuring voters that the computer system of the Program of Preliminary Electoral Results (PREP) of 2018 for the elections to the Presidency of the Republic, Senators and Federal Deputies has the necessary technical characteristics to show with integrity the data of the counting and counting minutes of the boxes , as they are digitized and captured in it, in compliance with the applicable electoral regulations.
A woman who came to vote at a polling station in the municipality of Cárdenas in Tabasco state, was killed this morning by two people who were riding a motorcycle state officials said according to local media.
Polling station in Coatzintla, Veracruz, remains closed due to the presence of an armed group near by.
TeleSUR English's Correspondent in Mexico, Pablo Perez is reporting that frustrated voters in some areas of Mexico have resorted to using pieces of paper to make their own ballots.
Citizens across Mexico continue to report that there is a shortage of ballot papers, especially in the case of special voters. These complaints exist despite the country's election authorities saying the process was successful election process.
Ahead of the election reports indicated that several ballot boxes were stolen in Huixtan, Chiapas and another 1,770 ballots and ballot boxes were taken in Oaxaca. The INE has also confirmed that thousands of ballots have been stolen in the last week.
#MexicoDecides | teleSUR correspondant, Pablo Pérez @ppereztelesur, says that citizens are compaining that there are not enough ballots at the polling stations for travelers and foreigners of Mexico City.#EleccionesMexico2018 #MexicoDecide https://t.co/jHK4qr75Bg pic.twitter.com/x9WeFC80tW— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) July 1, 2018
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has cast his ballot at a polling station in Mexico City during the presidential election.
TeleSUR English Correspondent Eduardo Martinez confirms reports, which indicate only 67.82% of all the voting centers were opened at 11:35 am.
Conservative candidate Ricardo Anaya said he had to wait over two hours cast his vote before being able to do so shortly after 11:30 AM.
Presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade has cast his vote at a polling station in Mexico City.
TeleSUR English's Correspondent in Mexico, Pablo Perez is reporting from a polling station in the southern part of México City. José Antonio Meade, the candidate of the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who is in third place in the polls, is expected to vote there shortly.
Officials at Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) have installed the permanent session to follow up on any issues reported on election day. The president of the body, Lorenzo Córdova, and representatives of the various parties will review the complaints, which includes, so far, the late opening of polling stations and the late delivery of ballots.
During a press conference early Sunday, Cordova said every effort had been made to prevent fraud and illegal activity. Córdova's comes after reports indicated that several ballot boxes were stolen in Huixtan, Chiapas and another 1,770 ballots and ballot boxes were taken in Oaxaca. The INE has also confirmed that thousands of ballots have been stolen in the last week.
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