Mexico’s conservative opposition retained the governor’s seat in Baja California after the ruling party candidate conceded defeat Saturday following a recount in the politically crucial state. The state bordering the United States was the biggest prize in the July 7 regional elections in 14 Mexican states, with analysts saying its result could sink or save a multi-party reform pact. The candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Fernando Castro Trenti, threw in the towel as the recount gave an edge to National Action Party (PAN) rival Francisco “Kiko” Vega.
“We concede defeat,” Castro Trenti told reporters. “In politics, you have to assume your responsibilities.”
Vega had led Castro Trenti when preliminary results were released last Monday, but state electoral authorities annulled it and ordered a recount due to a technical error.
Vega was leading by 8,245 votes in 12 of 17 districts when his rival decided to concede defeat on Saturday.
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