CONSERVATIVES CLAIM VICTORY IN MEXICO

In what is certainly a huge story for Dallas’ 500,000+ Hispanics–not to mention the rest of us–Reuters is reporting that conservative presidential candidate Felipe Calderon will win the election over leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by some 400,000 votes. The race to choose Vincente Fox’s successor has been bitter, violent, and much closer than many predicted. Obrador’s strong anti-U.S. sentiments had officials on both sides of the Rio Grande worried; upon decisive news that conservatives would remain in power (and increase their seats in the Congress), Mexican stock markets jumped 4.2 percent.

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