State of Mexico election, 2005

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A gubernatorial election was held in the State of México on Sunday, 3 July 2005. Voters in Mexico's most populous state went to the polls to elect a governor to replace former incumbent Arturo Montiel Rojas of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

The favorite candidate was PAN's Rubén Mendoza. It was thought the first runner-up would be PRD Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz (born as Citlali Ibáñez Camacho) and last place by PRI's Enrique Peña. However, Rubén Mendoza made several mistakes in his campaign, appearing apparently drunk at events, boasting he led a group of supporters to steal campaign gifts from Peña's team and gave them with his own signature (he was taped while doing this). The PRD would have benefited from this, but Polevnksy had no political experience and support from Andrés Manuel López Obrador wasn't enough, specially after her true identity was discovered. So PRI's Peña rose to the first place, the PRD had a distant and low second place and PAN's Rubén Mendoza disappeared from public view.

Turnout was an unusually low 48%.


With 93.38% of the votes it was clear that the PRI had managed to keep hold of the state.

   Candidate      Party/Alliance   Votes  %
  Enrique Peña Nieto Institutional Revolutionary Party
Green Ecological Party of Mexico
1,639,233   47.45  
  Rubén Mendoza Ayala   National Action Party
856,591 24.79
  Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz Party of the Democratic Revolution
Labour Party
835,182 24.17
Total   3,331,006 100%

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