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Lemus leads closely fought governor’s race

In a much tighter race than many predicted,  Pablo Lemus of the Citizens Movement (MC), a former mayor of both Guadalajara and Zapopan, appears  to have won the race for Jalisco governor.

pg1cAccording to the preliminary results program (PREP) of the Jalisco Electoral Agency (IPEJ), which wound up late Monday after verifying 86.34 percent of the actas (vote tallies) from the 10,917 polling stations installed statewide, Lemus led Claudia Delgadillo of the Morena Party alliance by a margin of just under four percentage points: 41.9 to 38.  Laura Haro of the PRI/PAN/PRD alliance was in third place with 17 percent of the vote.

Following the release of the results of a conteo rapido  (exit poll) shortly after  midnight on Monday, Lemus quickly headed with his supporters to the Minerva Glorieta for a victory party. Meanwhile, Delgadillo and Morena’s leaders disputed the IPEJ’s tallies, which they said differed from the federal election agency’s numbers. Morena also highlighted other election-day irregularities, but fell short of saying the vote was fraudulent.

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