Mexico elections: Ruling party leads, independent wins

06/08/15 USA Today

PRI

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican v

oters elected their first independent gubernatorial candidate, seen as a protest against party politics, while giving the ruling party a lead in Congress, sending mixed messages in midterm elections.

President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, lost legislative seats, according to official vote counts released Monday by the electoral institute. But a strong and controversial campaign by allied Green Party boosted that party by as many as 20 seats, which could give the ruling party a voting majority for the first time in nearly two decades.

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