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Thread: Mexican woman claims historic victory (CNN report)

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    Mexican woman claims historic victory

    Sunday, July 4, 2004 Posted: 10:42 PM EDT (0242 GMT)

    ZACATECAS, Mexico (AP) -- Amalia Garcia claimed victory in state elections Sunday as Zacatecas elected the first female governor in Mexico since the end of one-party domination across the nation.

    The daughter of a former governor, Garcia of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, declared victory as numerous exit polls showed her with a strong lead.

    Local news media said their polls gave Garcia between 48 and 50 percent of the vote against two other candidates.

    The closest challenger was Sen. Jose Bonilla, a radio station owner representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, who had well under 40 percent in the exit polls.

    The PRI was strongly favored to hold onto governorships Sunday in two other northern states: Durango and Chihuahua, which has been torn by scandal over the unsolved deaths of hundreds of women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

    The election in Zacatecas, which has a large migrant population in the United States, also includes several U.S. residents who have returned to seek office in their homeland.

    Voters filed quietly into the polls Sunday in this state capital, following a day of heated accusations of electoral violations between the PRD and the alliance lead by the PRI.

    Garcia cast her ballot in the capital, 315 miles (505 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, while Bonilla voted in his hometown, Fresnillo.

    Voting was orderly in Zacatecas and Chihuahua states, with few lines and little waiting.

    Two other candidates also were running for governor in Zacatecas: Francisco Lopez, a rancher running for President Vicente Fox's conservative National Action Party and Elias Barajas of the small Convergence Party.

    About 1.5 million Zacatecans, or about half of the state's total population, live in the United States, mainly in California, Texas and Illinois.

    The presence of migrant candidates for city and state posts was an early test of Mexico's attempts to increase the political presence of migrants.

    Garcia's victory would strengthen the PRD in northern Mexico, where it had been historically weak until the party's Ricardo Monreal was elected governor six years ago.

    Monreal, who has already publicly declared his intention to run for president in 2006, turned to the PRD after PRI leaders passed him over for the gubernatorial nomination.

    In Chihuahua, PRI congressman Jose Reyes Baeza, who comes from one of the state's richest and most politically influential families, faces Sen. Javier Corral of National Action.

    Corral, a 37-year-old career politician, was a federal congressman between 1997 and 2000.

    The PRI also was favored to win in the governor's race in mountainous Durango state, with candidate Ismael Hernandez, a federal senator taking a leave of absence to run for office.

    Chihuahua was crucial to the emergence of Fox's party, which won national sympathy when the PRI allegedly stole mayoral and gubernatorial elections there in past decades. Fox's election in 2000 ended 71 years of PRI rule on the national level.

    The PAN won one of its first governorships in Chihuahua in 1992 -- and lost its first governorship there six years later to Patricio Martinez, whose term is now ending.

    Martinez's inability to stop the slayings of hundreds of women in Juarez has been widely criticized.

    Scattered early returns were expected late Sunday night, but definitive counts in Mexican elections often come the following day.
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    Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    Find this article at:
    http://us.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/america....ap/index.html

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    Mexican woman claims historic victory

    Sunday, July 4, 2004 Posted: 10:42 PM EDT (0242 GMT)

    ZACATECAS, Mexico (AP) -- Amalia Garcia claimed victory in state elections Sunday as Zacatecas elected the first female governor in Mexico since the end of one-party domination across the nation.

    The daughter of a former governor, Garcia of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, declared victory as numerous exit polls showed her with a strong lead.

    Local news media said their polls gave Garcia between 48 and 50 percent of the vote against two other candidates.

    The closest challenger was Sen. Jose Bonilla, a radio station owner representing the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, who had well under 40 percent in the exit polls.

    The PRI was strongly favored to hold onto governorships Sunday in two other northern states: Durango and Chihuahua, which has been torn by scandal over the unsolved deaths of hundreds of women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

    The election in Zacatecas, which has a large migrant population in the United States, also includes several U.S. residents who have returned to seek office in their homeland.

    Voters filed quietly into the polls Sunday in this state capital, following a day of heated accusations of electoral violations between the PRD and the alliance lead by the PRI.

    Garcia cast her ballot in the capital, 315 miles (505 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, while Bonilla voted in his hometown, Fresnillo.

    Voting was orderly in Zacatecas and Chihuahua states, with few lines and little waiting.

    Two other candidates also were running for governor in Zacatecas: Francisco Lopez, a rancher running for President Vicente Fox's conservative National Action Party and Elias Barajas of the small Convergence Party.

    About 1.5 million Zacatecans, or about half of the state's total population, live in the United States, mainly in California, Texas and Illinois.

    The presence of migrant candidates for city and state posts was an early test of Mexico's attempts to increase the political presence of migrants.

    Garcia's victory would strengthen the PRD in northern Mexico, where it had been historically weak until the party's Ricardo Monreal was elected governor six years ago.

    Monreal, who has already publicly declared his intention to run for president in 2006, turned to the PRD after PRI leaders passed him over for the gubernatorial nomination.

    In Chihuahua, PRI congressman Jose Reyes Baeza, who comes from one of the state's richest and most politically influential families, faces Sen. Javier Corral of National Action.

    Corral, a 37-year-old career politician, was a federal congressman between 1997 and 2000.

    The PRI also was favored to win in the governor's race in mountainous Durango state, with candidate Ismael Hernandez, a federal senator taking a leave of absence to run for office.

    Chihuahua was crucial to the emergence of Fox's party, which won national sympathy when the PRI allegedly stole mayoral and gubernatorial elections there in past decades. Fox's election in 2000 ended 71 years of PRI rule on the national level.

    The PAN won one of its first governorships in Chihuahua in 1992 -- and lost its first governorship there six years later to Patricio Martinez, whose term is now ending.

    Martinez's inability to stop the slayings of hundreds of women in Juarez has been widely criticized.

    Scattered early returns were expected late Sunday night, but definitive counts in Mexican elections often come the following day.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    Find this article at:
    http://us.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/america....ap/index.html
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