(BLOOMBERG) -- Mexicans appear to have elected their first left-wing leader in decades, as exit polls showed Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador winning Sunday’s presidential vote by a landslide over his business-friendly rivals.
The survey by El Financiero showed Lopez Obrador with 49 percent of the vote. Ricardo Anaya, leader of a right-left coalition, had 27 percent and Jose Antonio Meade, the candidate of the incumbent PRI party, was on 18 percent.
The poll was published at 8 p.m. local time, with counting still under way and the first official results not expected for almost three hours. But Meade effectively conceded defeat in a televised address -- an unusual step for a Mexican candidate. “According to the polling trends, it was Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who won the majority,” he said.
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