Mexico: Leading Man

A candidate who could not lose

"I accept with emotion and responsibility the commitments that this mandate signifies. Mexico won, the revolution won. The P.R.I, won." With those words, Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, 47, acknowledged what had long been a foregone conclusion. With three-quarters of the nation's polling booths reported, De la Madrid had received 14.3 million votes, some 74% of those cast, far outdistancing his six opponents in last week's presidential election.

As the candidate of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (P.R.I..) and the choice of retiring President José López Portillo, De la...

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