[Key to initials: AMLO = Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. RM = Ricardo Madrazo. FC = Felipe Calderon. IFE = Mexican electoral board]
1:45am- The final thought after a busy evening of unfulfilled expectations and high anticipation, courtesy of Mexico Today.
Good night and thank you.
1:20am- Here's what some news outlets have said over the past hour:
-Reuters: "A fiery leftist promising a war on poverty was in a dead heat with a Harvard-educated conservative...rising fears a a contested result could split the country."
-Associated Press: "An official count would begin on Wednesday and a winner will be delared once it's complete."
-BBC: "With a leftist and a conservative running neck and neck, officials decided to count all the votes before declaring a winner."
12:55am- A whirlwind of action over the past twenty minutes:
-Azteca America returns to its diatribe against "television networks from the United States" that "lied and bluffed you" by giving preliminary results.
-The president of the PRI spoke again with RM by his side and called for patience for the time being.
-At the same time, AMLO spoke in front of thousands of supporters at the Zocalo and enthusiastically told them to "smile because we have won."
-Lastly, FC spoke to a small group of supporters outside his campaign headquarters and urged them to support him in his "government of national action."
A few hours ago, the Washington Post's special blog on the elections posted the following: "Shades of Bush-Gore 2000?" Unfortunately that could be the case.
12:30am- Now FC just spoke publicly from his campaign headquarters and he cited individual exit polls that show him as the winner "from the time the first poll was redacted until now". Like AMLO, he has declared himself as the winner.
Here's hoping this doesn't get as ugly as the mudslinging during the campaign
12:25am- AMLO just finished speaking at a news conference and declared himself the winner based on the results from exit polls.
12:15am- So what happens now? According to Univision, the election will not be decided "for days." The "fast count" is really just an estimation done by a set of scientists based on the ballots reported to the IFE. The ballots will not be counted by hand until Wednesday and a more accurate count based by district may start on Friday.
Confused? Well, you're not the only one.
12:00am- Here are the results thus far according to the president of the IFE and based on a "fast count" of over 95% of the ballots:
TOO CLOSE TO CALL!!!
The IFE cannot calculate a winner since the IFE's calculations "fall within the margin of error."
11:57pm- T-minus three minutes until the IFE's prelim report and the Mexican networks are hyping the anticipation.
11:40pm- CNN en Español reports on the results of the election before the
Hypocrisy? Now Azteca America’s Armando Guzman acknowledges that so far the ballots counted “may” favor FC, but warns that “this is a horse race” which is far from over.mexico, election