Exit poll gives bid edge to leftist in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - An exit poll in Mexico is giving a big edge to leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in his third bid for the presidency.
    
The survey by Consulta Mitofsky says Lopez Obrador has a 16 to 26 percent lead over his nearest rival, conservative Ricardo Anaya.
    
Jose Antonio Meade of the ruling Institutional Revolution was said to be in third. He conceded defeat in a televised speech.
    
Lopez Obrador is a twice-spurned populist whose supporters hope he will deliver on promises to clean up corruption, reign in spiraling violence and lift millions out of poverty.
    
His detractors argue he would set the country back decades with an economic policy of state.
    
Amid widespread frustrations with the status quo, all of the candidates have tried to paint themselves as the agent of real change.
    
Lopez Obrador has enjoyed a wide lead in opinion polls since the beginning of the campaign.

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