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López Obrador gains ground in Mexican polls

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López Obrador gains ground in Mexican polls

Presidential candidate trails Peña Nieto by 4 percentage points

  • Andrés Manuel López Obrador
    @AlfaroGalan/FlickrAndrés Manuel López Obrador

Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador is gaining in the final month of Mexico's presidential race, polls indicated Thursday.

López Obrador has gained 7 more percentage points, reported Fox News. As head of the Labor Party, the Party of the Democratic Revolution and the Citizens Movement, he has the support of 34 percent of likely voters, putting him only 4 points behind the political race's front-runner.

Analysts said student protests might be what is deteriorating Enrique Peña Nieto's lead and appearance of invincibility, according to the Associated Press. Protesters have claimed a win by the Institutional Revolution Party, which Peña Nieto heads, would put Mexico back in its authoritarian past, since it has held the presidency for 71 years.

"I am very happy" about the poll numbers, said López Obrador at a press conference, according to Fox. A former Mexico City mayor, López Obrador said Peña Nieto, whom he referred to as "the candidate of television," was "deflating."

Earlier in the presidential race, the preliminary results were considered almost final, when Peña Nieto was ahead of the other two candidates by 15 to 20 percent, said the AP. The new poll said about 32 percent of voters were still undecided or without a preference.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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