Mexican presidential election: Claudia Sheinbaum becomes country’s first female leader

Claudia Sheinbaum has won Mexico’s presidential election, becoming the country’s first female president and setting Mexico up for six more years of left-leaning Morena Party leadership.

Sheinbaum earned between 58.3% and 60.7% of the vote, according to the Associated Press, which officially declared Sheinbaum the winner shortly after 4 a.m. EST. Xochitl Galvez, an opposition senator, finished in second place, with between 26.6% and 28.6% of the vote. The president-elect is the former mayor of Mexico City, the country’s capital and largest city.

Ruling party presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum arrives to vote in general elections in Mexico City, Sunday, June 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

“I will become the first woman president of Mexico,” Sheinbaum said after officially being declared the winner of the election. “I don’t make it alone. We’ve all made it, with our heroines who
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