From The Post: Chávez's Spot in Mexican Elections

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on Mexican presidential candidate Felipe Calderón's rise in the polls after campaign ads linked his opponent to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In the last few days before the election, Calderón is tied with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the ads could sway the July 2 election.

The strategy of López Obrador's opponents has been clear. By linking the candidate to Chávez, they have tried to frighten voters into believing López Obrador will be a carbon copy of the Venezuelan president, who has been accused of crushing dissent and crippling democratic institutions. . . . "In politics it doesn't matter what is, it matters what seems to be," said Jorge Chabat, a Mexico City political analyst.

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By |  June 28, 2006; 9:35 AM ET  | Category:  From The Post
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