Mexican pres. candidates step up campaigns

June 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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MEXICO CITY, June 25 (UPI) -- Mexico's three top candidates for president are cranking up their energy this week as the country goes to the polls July 1, officials said.

On Sunday, Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party held a massive rally at Mexico City's Azteca football stadium, The Financial Times reported.

As many as 100,000 supporters cheered "Yes we can. Yes we can," at the campaign event.

"He's a man who delivers," said Mercedes Hernandez, an 18-year-old supporter who attended the event. "He's going to be a great president."

"We are going to leave behind the old practices. This is a political project committed to democracy and freedom," he told the roaring crowd. "Feel proud because your vote is going to change Mexico."

Pena Nieto is polling at 37 percent, 14 points above his two main competitors, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution and Josefina Vazquez Mota of the ruling National Action Party.

That isn't deterring Lopez Obrador or Vazquez Mota, however, as both held massive events in Tabasco and Mexico City, respectively.

Thousands of people dressed in red and gold chanted "president" as Lopez Obrador, who is polling in second at 23 percent, took to the stage in Tabasco.

Vazquez Mota addressed a crowd of 45,000 supporters at Mexico City's bullring Saturday.

"Nobody should have any doubt: we're only six points behind the candidate of the PRI," he said. "No one can stop us."

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