Mexico: Staying on Top

Worried, the P.R.I. wins big

The omens were dark. An earthquake had shaken the ground, birds in the town square were squawking feverishly, and all night long the wind whipped through the streets. In addition, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (P.R.I.), which has won every major election in Mexico since its founding in 1929, had last month absorbed its worst defeat ever, losing nine municipal and five legislative seats in two northern states. On the eve of last week's elections for the legislature in the impoverished southern state of Oaxaca, where leftists had...

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