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Will Mexico go left or stay conservative?

Mexicans buffeted by a mudslinging, polarized presidential campaign are choosing Sunday between plunging into Latin America’s left-wing tide or electing a conservative who favors free trade and globalization. With leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and conservative Felipe Calderon running neck-and-neck, the election — which will also pick both houses of congress and five governors — hinges on class divisions that have seldom been talked about so openly in Mexican politics. For 71 years, until President Vicente Fox’s victory in 2000, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, ruled Mexico by claiming to represent all economic classes. Fox’s victory ushered in full democracy and bettered life for the middle class but failed to create millions of jobs, tame Mexico’s drug barons or settle its migrant-labor problems with the U.S. Full Story

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