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Mexico Begins Recount in Contested Presidential Election

Mexico's leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took a slight and early lead Wednesday over his conservative opponent Felipe Calderon as Mexican officials began recounting votes from Sunday's contested election. Ray Suarez reports on the ongoing tally.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Now the latest on that presidential election contest in Mexico.

    Ray Suarez is just back from covering the voting.

    Ray, welcome back.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Good to be here.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    First, lay out the situation right now, as we speak. What's going on?

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Well, at 8:00 this morning, Mexico City time, they began the second round of computation of the final vote. That first count came from reporting in from the polling places all around the country. But, in the meantime, those polling places had to send their ballots…

  • JIM LEHRER:

    These are paper ballots.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Paper ballots.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Mmm-hmm.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    They had to send them, bundled, with a report sheet on the bundle, saying, this is how many votes we have for president, senate, members of the congress. Here's our report.

    They were brought to 300 centers around the country, and now, polling place by polling place, in those 300 centers, they're going through each bundle.

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