Mexico election: López Obrador set to win as rivals concede
Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is heading for a landslide victory in Mexico’s presidential election, exit polls indicate.
The former mayor of Mexico City, who was the front-runner ahead of the vote, looks to have polled about 53%, one survey by Parametria said.
All exit polls and initial results put him well ahead.
His closest rivals have both admitted defeat and congratulated Mr López Obrador on his victory.
Ruling party candidate José Antonio Meade, who lies in third place according to initial results, told supporters that he wished him “the greatest success”.
Mr Meade’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has dominated Mexican politics for much of the past century but has slumped in popularity.
Ricardo Anaya, candidate for the conservative National Action Party (PAN), looked set to be runner-up to Mr López Obrador – who is widely known by his initials, Amlo.
“I recognise his triumph, I express my congratulations, and I wish him the greatest success for the good of Mexico,” Mr Anaya said.
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to congratulate Mr López Obrador “on becoming the next president of Mexico”.
Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2018
Sunday’s election followed one of Mexico’s deadliest campaigns in decades with more than 130 political candidates and party workers killed.
Mexico’s political map redrawn
Will Grant, BBC News, Mexico City
Delivering early and clear acceptances of their defeats, the two main challengers have recognised Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the winner of the presidential race.
On a tough night for the ruling PRI party, their candidate, the former economy minister José Antonio Meade, conceded first after polls closed. Next, and even more significantly, the other main rival, Ricardo Anaya of the PAN party, also recognised Mr López Obrador’s victory.
The official results must still be published for the margin of the win to be confirmed but this is a night that Mr López Obrador and his supporters have been waiting for since 2006 – the first time he stood for the presidency in Mexico. Now, on the third attempt, he has finally taken it and, in so doing, redrawn the political map of the country.