President-elect Ernesto Zedillo may have more of a mandate than many expected. New vote counts showed he captured a 50.08 percent majority in what is believed to be a fairly clean election. His dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) also was leading in a whopping 278 of 300 congressional races and in virtually all 64 Senate races. Why did Mexicans stick with the PRI, in their first chance to dump it in 65 years? Consider the uprising of the Zapatista rebels in January, the assassination of the PRI's first candidate in March, and two high-profile kidnappings. "It has been a very volatile year," says TIME Latin America Bureau Chief Laura Lopez. "People are looking for stability."