Mexico elects first female President in historic vote

MEXICO CITY — Claudia Sheinbaum, an environmental scientist and former mayor of Mexico City, was overwhelmingly elected Mexico’s first female president on Sunday, a historic milestone in a country rife with gender-based violence and misogyny.

With nearly 40% of the votes counted, Mexico’s electoral agency estimates that Sheinbaum is on track to win the race with between 58% to over 60% of votes. Her nearest rival, Xóchitl Gálvez is projected to get between 26% and 28% of the vote, with the other opposition candidate, Jorge Álvarez Máynez, between 9%-10% of the vote.

In her victory speech to supporters, Sheinbaum said both rivals had conceeded and had called to congratulate her on her victory. “I will become the first woman president of Mexico”, she told the crowd.

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