MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's ruling party has chosen a former congresswoman to run for president, the first time a major party has nominated a woman to compete for the nation's top office.
The National Action Party's vote for 51-year-old Josefina Vazquez Mota over two other candidates sets the race for the July 1 presidential election. The two other major parties have already selected their candidates.
Vazquez Mota faces an uphill climb against former Mexico state Gov. Enrique Pena Nieto. He is the front-runner in current polls and could return the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, to power after a 12-year hiatus.
Vazquez Mota is considered Pena Nieto's strongest potential challenger. Her victory was widely expected.