Authorities began Wednesday to recount ballots in a key gubernatorial election in the Mexican state of Baja California after preliminary results were scrapped due to a technical glitch. The result of the election in the state, which borders the United States, could have an impact on national politics, with analysts saying that a defeat for the conservative National Action Party (PAN) may threaten a multi-party reform pact. Helga Casanova, spokeswoman for the Baja California Electoral Institute, told AFP that the recount may last until Sunday but that it could be completed before then.
The PAN, which has held the governorship for the past 24 years, and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) both claimed victory minutes after polls closed late Sunday.
The electoral institute initially announced that preliminary results showed PAN candidate Francisco “Kiko” Vega winning with 47 percent compared to 44 percent for PRI hopeful Francisco Trenti. But it later invalidated the result due to an error and ordered a recount.
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