Mexico’s ruling party claims a narrow victory in key state election

A woman prepares her ballot as other people wait in line to cast their votes for governor of the State of Mexico at a polling station in Chimalhuacan, Mexico June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the P.R.I., narrowly won the election for governor in the country’s most populous state, according to early returns. According to State of Mexico officials, an initial sampling showed that P.R.I. candidate Alfredo del Mazo Maza had received at least 32.75 percent of the vote, while his main rival, Delfina Gómez Álvarez of the left-wing National Regeneration Movement, had received no more than 31.53 percent, although the vote count won’t be completed until later Monday. The combative leader of Gomez’s party, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, challenged the preliminary projections, saying they “did not correspond to reality.” “Delfina won, and we will prove it,” he declared. “We will not accept any sort of electoral fraud.”

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