A left-wing populist who has railed against President Trump’s immigration policies in no uncertain terms appeared to have won a comprehensive victory in Mexico’s presidential election Sunday night, with both of his main rivals conceding before the first official results were announced.
One exit poll, conducted by Consulta Mitofsky for broadcaster Televisa, showed Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with a 16 to 26 percent lead over his nearest rival, conservative Ricardo Anaya.
In a televised speech, Anaya acknowledged that “the trend favors Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador” and said, “I recognize his triumph.”
Jose Antonio Meade of the ruling centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) placed third in the exit polls and delivered his own concession speech acknowledging Lopez Obrador’s victory soon after.
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“For the good of Mexico, I wish him the greatest success,” Meade said.
Other exit polls projected that Lopez Obrador’s left-wing Morena party would win governorships in the states of Chiapas, Morelos, Tabasco and Veracruz, as well as the race for head of government in Mexico City. The party was founded less than a decade ago.
Election officials were expected to announce preliminary results later Sunday night. Those numbers will be based on a so-called “quick count” of ballots from approximately 5 percent of the more than 156,000 polling stations in Mexico. The official results will not be announced until later in the week.