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Mexican TV Projects Vicente Fox Wins Presidential Election

Aired July 2, 2000 - 9:34 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BRIAN NELSON, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, I'm Brian Nelson. "CNN & TIME" will continue in just a moment, but first an update on Mexico's presidential elections, and CNN's Mexico City bureau chief Harris Whitbeck joins us now live with an update -- Harris.

HARRIS WHITBECK, CNN MEXICO CITY BUREAU CHIEF: Hi, Brian.

Mexican television network TVEsteca (ph) has issued its projections for the results of today's voting, and they are indicating that opposition candidate Vicente Fox is leading this race, or has lead this race, with 38.8 percent of the vote. He is followed by official candidate Francisco Labastida with 30.5 percent. And in third place, again opposition candidate, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas with 15.7 percent.

This is a projection, I repeat a projection, from TVEsteca, one of the main television networks in the country.

Now the Federal Electoral authorities have issued their results of their quick count of the vote, and with 2 percent of the vote counted, their results also show opposition candidate Vicente Fox in the lead with 43.6 percent of the vote. So obviously this is a trend.

I'm now being told there are new results. It's 47.3 percent of the vote for Vicente Fox and 37.6 percent for official candidate Francisco Labastida.

In the streets of Mexico City, in the Plaza of the Independence behind me, some of Fox's supporters are already beginning to gather. They are out there -- some of them are pout there waving flags, and some have driven by, making the horns of their cars sound in victory. Again, there's still a long way to go before these results are official, but Mexican television, TVEsteca network, has said that Vicente Fox would be the winner tonight -- Brian.

NELSON: Thanks, Harris.

CNN's Harris Whitbeck in Mexico City. And we'll have another update on this historic election at then top of the hour.

Now back to "CNN & TIME."

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