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Early Results Give Slim Lead to Conservative Candidate

Electoral officials in Mexico said a preliminary vote count gave the
conservative Felipe Calderon a 1 percentage point lead over Mexico City's leftist former mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. However, the official tally will not be known for days. Ray Suarez reports from Mexico.

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  • RAY SUAREZ:

    One newspaper headline says it all: "Quien?" Who?

  • MAN (through translator):

    It is hard to know who is going to win. The fight is tough.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    There's optimism and confidence in the process.

  • MAN (through translator):

    I think the elections were clean, but I think the candidates should have shut up until the authorities issue the final results.

  • MAN (through translator):

    No one is cheating. Our people are awakened. All we are waiting for is the winner to be declared, and we will be OK, whoever wins.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    And, in the midst of a disputed result, a cynicism built on years of cheating and cooking the results.

  • (through translator):

    I was hoping for Lopez Obrador, but I am resigned to the fact that Felipe Calderon is going to be placed in the job.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    After Sunday's elections, dueling claims of victory ping-ponged back and forth. When Sunday became Monday, Mexico had two self-declared winners, two victorious presidents, and two sets of happy supporters.

    As Mexicans are probably asking this morning, que paso? What happened?

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