March 22, 2018 / 12:58 PM / 8 months ago

Mexico leftist Lopez Obrador extends lead in presidency race-poll

MEXICO CITY, March 22 (Reuters) - Mexican leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has increased his lead over rivals ahead of the July 1 election, a newspaper poll published on Thursday showed.

Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, saw his effective lead rise to 42 percent support, according to the survey in business newspaper El Financiero, up from 38 percent in from the paper’s prior poll in February.

Former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, moved up to second and saw his support rise two percentage points to 24 percent.

Support for Ricardo Anaya, the former chairman of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) leading a right-left coalition, fell by four percentage points to 23 percent. (Reporting by Michael O’Boyle Editing by Dave Graham)

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