Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Ruling Party Picks Woman as Presidential Candidate

Feb 06, 2012

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 Mexico's ruling party on Sunday chose a former congresswoman to run for president, the first time a major party has nominated a woman to compete for the nation's top office. The National Action Party's vote for Josefina Vazquez Mota over two other candidates sets the race for Mexico's July 1 presidential election.
 
...Vazquez Mota is considered Pena Nieto's strongest potential challenger, a personable, charismatic candidate who like Pena Nieto is good on the stump. Though Mexican voters in general seem weary of the ruling party after presidents Vicente Fox and Calderon, the novelty of a woman candidate could boost party appeal.
 

"It injects a certain new note of uncertainty. There's never been a strong female presidential candidate for any other major party before,"

 
said Eric Olson, a senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute.
 

"It adds that historical element and maybe some excitement."...

 
 
 
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