Mexico Pro-Life Candidate Felipe Calderon Appears to Win Presidential Race

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 3, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 3, 2006

Mexico City, Mexico ( — Pro-life presidential candidate Felipe Calderon appears to have won Mexico’s highly contested presidential race on Sunday with a lead of over 400,000 votes after 97 percent of the ballots had been counted. A recount is likely but it should confirm the unofficial results, which show Calderon winning with 36.46% and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in second with 35.42%.

Last-minute votes were still being counted Monday in the northern states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Jalisco, Sonora and Sinaloa, as well as in the Gulf state of Campeche, but those are all places Calderon believes he won and should add to his victory margin.

"There is a result that is already irreversible, that has me ahead by more than 400,000 votes over the PRD candidate," Calderon told a Mexico City television network. "The precincts that remain allow us to anticipate that the difference will probably expand."

Roberto Madrazo of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was a distant third, with 21.28% of the vote.

Calderon said that "once I am formally declared president-elect," he would seek to form "a government of national unity."

Mexico, like most other Latin American nations, prohibits abortions in virtually all circumstances.

A woman considering an abortion must have been a victim of rape or incest, must be in danger of losing her life because of the pregnancy, or her unborn child must have severe physical deformities.

Calderon was considered the most pro-life candidate in the race and wants to keep the nation’s pro-life laws. He has said in previous interviews that he opposes distributing the morning after pill, which can sometimes cause an abortion.

"On the subject of abortion, I am pro-life, and I also see that it is a matter clearly regulated by law, and most of all in judicial terms well settled," he told Knight Ridder news.

Calderon uses Scripture in his speeches and presses his party’s pro-life views on the stump — which is credited with helping him win his party’s nomination.

The three leading candidates for president in Mexico were running to succeed Vicente Fox, who was the first person outside the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in more than 70 years.

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