Timeline of the Elections
The Associated Press provided a timeline of the Mexican presidential elections from election day on July 2.
Sunday, July 2: Voting is peaceful, but tensions rise as both Felipe Calderón and Andrés Manuel López Obrador declare victory. A preliminary count of tally sheets shows Calderón leading by about 1 percent. The Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE, says the count is too close to call.
Monday, July 3: López Obrador claims 3 million ballots are missing. IFE president scolds the candidates for declaring victory.
Tuesday, July 4: IFE says "missing" ballots were left out of the preliminary count for technical reasons but they won't change the outcome. López Obrador's party demands a recount of all 41 million ballots. IFE says that's not legally possible.
Wednesday, July 5: Election workers at 300 district headquarters begin an official count, consistently releasing partial results that show López Obrador leading slightly.
Thursday, July 6: Late returns from conservative states give a narrow but insurmountable lead to Calderón. López Obrador says he will challenge the election in court and calls on his supporters to fill Mexico City's main square Saturday.
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