MEXICO: The Expected Landslide

By tradition, Candidate Adolfo López Mateos of the invincible Party of Revolutionary Institutions could not vote for himself for President last week—but most other Mexicans did. Running ahead of his party, the personable former Minister of Labor got at least 80% of more than 10 million votes, to assure himself six years in office. Women, voting for the first time, made the election the biggest in Mexican history; it was also the most peaceable, with only one party worker killed during the campaign and one on election day.

The opposition National Action Party (P.A.N.) and its candidate, Textilemaker Luis Alvarez,...

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