Pena Nieto extends lead as Mexico vote nears

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 3:52 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto holds a big lead over his rivals just days ahead of Mexico's presidential election, a voter survey by polling firm BGC showed on Wednesday.

The poll for the July 1 ballot in newspaper Excelsior put support for Pena Nieto of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) at 44 percent, up 2 points from a survey published on June 17.

Leftist hope and 2006 runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gained 1 point to 28 percent.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, candidate of the ruling National Action Party (PAN), dropped 4 points to 25 percent.

Excelcior/BGC said it surveyed 1,200 eligible voters between June 23 and June 25 and that its poll had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

(Reporting By David Alire Garcia; Editing by John Stonestreet)