Pena Nieto’s ruling PRI in the lead in Mexico’s mid-term polls

Mexicans cast their ballots in previous election.
Mexicans cast their ballots in previous election.

By Max De Haldevang / Reuters

Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is in the lead ahead of Sunday’s mid-term elections, a poll released on Tuesday shows, potentially returning President Enrique Pena Nieto his razor-thin lower house majority.

On Sunday, Pena Nieto faces his first national vote since winning the presidency in 2012. The lower house, nine governorships and various state legislatures are up for grabs.

The new poll by pollster Consulta Mitofsky showed that 32 percent of those surveyed would vote for Pena Nieto’s centrist PRI, eight points ahead of the center-right National Action Party (PAN).

The leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) had 17 percent, while its recently formed offshoot Morena, led by ex-presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, was on 10 percent, the poll found.

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