Exit poll: Mexico’s ruling party lost key local election

May 17th, 2010 - 5:35 am ICT by BNO News  

MERIDA, MEXICO (BNO NEWS) — Mexico’s ruling party, the center-right National Action Party, lost the key local election of the Merida municipality in the state of Yucatan, according to a TV exit poll released on Sunday.

An election exit poll from GCE/MilenioTV showed Angelica Araujo Lara, from the center-left former governing Institutional Revolutionary Party far ahead of her rivals for the Merida municipality.

The survey showed Araujo Lara with 51.2 percent. Former senator and former Mexico’s social development minister Beatriz Zavala Peniche from the National Action Party had 37.3 percent.

The Merida municipality had voted in favor of President Felipe Calderon’s National Action Party for 18 years.

12 states will choose governors during local elections on July 4.

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