Leftist takes surprise 2.2 point lead in Mexican election (Updated at 10:30 am)
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Tension continues to mount as ballots are counted in the Mexican election. As of last night, Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had overtaken his more conservative opponent, Felipe Calderon by 2.2 points. Calderon had showed an early lead, but Lopez Obrador is now ahead with 75% of the ballots counted.
Can someone explain why some media outlets are referring to the ongoing counting process as a "recount"?
To Steve Soto of The Left Coaster this whole situation feels eerily familiar:
Why does Mexicoâ€™s presidential election look more and more like what the GOP did in Florida in 2000? With the â€œdiscoveryâ€ of 3.5 million uncounted ballots in a race that the ruling conservative party was quick to claim victory with a margin of only 400,000 votes nationwide, those early projections of victory by Felipe Calderon over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are in doubt. In fact, with the recount underway today and a third of the vote counted, Lopez Obrador has now taken a 2.5-point lead over Calderon.
Left I On The News has more on Reuters' real-time revisionism of the election results.
Update: The Washtington Post reported at 10:38 am that Calderon was leading by 1/100th of a percentage point after overnight counting.