Mex­i­can Left­ist Fron­trun­ner Ex­tends Lead for Pres­i­dency

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mex­i­can pres­i­den­tial fron­trun­ner An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador ex­tended his lead to more than 12 points over his near­est ri­val ahead of the July 1 vote, ac­cord­ing to a poll pub­lished on Tues­day.

The sur­vey by polling firm Con­sulta Mitof­sky showed Lopez Obrador, run­ning for the third time, had 32.6 per­cent of support, up from 31.9 per­cent in April.

Sec­ond-placed Ri­cardo Anaya, the can­di­date of the “For Mexico in Front” coali­tion of three par­ties from the right and left, saw his back­ing fall slightly to 20.5 per­cent, ver­sus 20.8 in the pre­vi­ous sur­vey.

Rul­ing party can­di­date Jose An­to­nio Meade slipped to 14.5 per­cent support, from 16.9 per­cent in April. In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Mar­garita Zavala also saw support slip to 2.7 per­cent.

The face-to-face poll of 1,000 peo­ple, taken be­tween May 11 and 13, had a mar­gin of er­ror of 3.1 per­cent­age points and 26.8 per­cent of those sur­veyed ex­pressed no pref­er­ence.

Most polls have shown Lopez Obrador grow­ing his lead, but some have shown small growth for Anaya.

For­mer Mexico City Mayor Lopez Obrador re­cently soft­ened his of­ten harsh tone with busi­ness lead­ers, of­fer­ing to put out the con­struc­tion of the cap­i­tal city’s new air­port to a con­ces­sion and even hold­ing a meet­ing with Black­Rock Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Larry Fink.

A sec­ond tele­vised pres­i­den­tial de­bate will be held on May 20 in the north­ern bor­der city of Ti­juana.

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