Mexico party formally names presidential candidate

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Posted: Dec 17, 2011 2:29 PM
Mexico party formally names presidential candidate

The party that ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century has officially named the candidate it hopes can wrest back the presidency in 2012.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party gave Enrique Pena Nieto a document declaring him the party's candidate Saturday. All other hopefuls had already dropped out. Legal candidate registration takes place in February and the campaign starts in March.

The former Mexico State governor has a strong lead in most polls. His party ran Mexico from 1929 to 2000, when it lost to the National Action Party that still governs.

National Action is still choosing its candidate but the third major force has picked its contender. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will run for the leftist Democratic Revolution Party.