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Mexico elects Claudia Sheinbaum as president: live updates

Millions of Mexicans vote for new president, with Claudia Sheinbaum poised to make history as Mexico's first female president.

Millions of Mexicans are heading to the polls today to participate in historic elections to elect a new president, along with thousands of other leaders at various levels of government. The presidential race is a three-way contest, with Claudia Sheinbaum leading in the polls, followed by Xóchitl Gálvez and Jorge Álvarez Máynez.

Sheinbaum, a former mayor of Mexico City and a political protege of the current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has enjoyed a significant lead in the polls, thanks to her alliance with the popular "AMLO." Mexican presidents serve a single six-year term and are not eligible for re-election.

This election is historic not only because of the presidential race but also because it is the largest in Mexican history, with over 20,600 elected offices up for grabs across the country. A record number of 98 million Mexicans are registered to vote, with a majority of them being women.

In Ciudad Juárez, border residents are casting their ballots in what many describe as a historic moment for Mexico, as the country is poised to elect its first woman president. Voters are eager to see positive changes in education and the reduction of violence against women.

Claudia Sheinbaum, surrounded by supporters, cast her ballot in Mexico City amidst chants of "president, president, president!" Meanwhile, outgoing President López Obrador also cast his vote in support of Sheinbaum, the frontrunner in the polls.

With Sheinbaum favored to win, Mexico is on the brink of electing its first female president, potentially beating the United States to that distinction. This election will have significant implications for issues such as cross-border trade, immigration, and drug trafficking, with consequences that extend beyond Mexican borders.

As the day progresses, updates on the election results will continue to unfold. Stay tuned for the latest developments in this historic election in Mexico.

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