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    Mexico's sole female presidential candidate, Margarita Zavala, has exited the campaign ahead of the July 1 elections. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 May 2018

"I've decided… to tell the citizenry that I'm taking myself out of the race… on the principle of political honesty," Zavala told Mexican media.

Mexico's sole female presidential candidate, Margarita Zavala, has exited the campaign that will now be decided between three main candidates on July 1.

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Zavala, who garnered only 2.7 percent of potential voters, according to the latest Mitofsky Consulting poll, told Mexican media she was quitting the race out of "political honesty."

"I've decided… to tell the citizenry that I'm taking myself out of the race… on the principle of political honesty and to free those who generously supported me so they can make their decision in the difficult race for Mexico," Zavala said.

The only female candidate in the official campaign, Zavala had been trailing fifth and last in polls. She was a long-time member of the National Action Party (PAN), but when it refused to support her presidential bid, she left in October to run as an independent candidate.

Second in the race, Ricardo Anaya – leading a coalition that includes PAN – tweeted on Wednesday that Zavala is a "brave and principled woman. Her contribution to the country and this race have been very valuable."

Leftist favorite Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) registered 44.5 percent support, according to the same Mitofsky poll: 12 points ahead of Anaya.

AMLO also picked up the highest percentage points in terms of which candidate is running the best campaign (36.9) with the best policy proposals (34.0); who's the most capable of running the country (34.5) with the most honesty (31.9), closest to the people (40.1), and with the best education for the job (29.8).

Anaya is second in all of these attributes, while Jose Antonio Meade – running for the ailing PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), racked with government corruption scandals and impunity – ranks third in popularity and the above qualities.  

 

 


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