Mexico's PRI Wins in Michoacán

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) added the state of Michoacán to its list of state governorships, and now governs 24 of the country's 36 states. The PRI's Fausto Vallejo Figueroa beat out the National Action Party (PAN)'s Luisa Maria "Cocoa" Calderon, who is President Felipe Calderon's sister. The leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or the PRD, which has controlled the state since 2001, came in third in the state, one of the poorest and most violent in Mexico.

Mexico's PRI ruled the country for 71 years until 2000, when the PRI lost the presidential election to Vicente Fox, the candidate of the National Action Party (PAN). Mexican President Felipe Calderón, also a member of PAN, was elected in 2006. The country's former ruling party is once again gaining ground ahead of next year's presidential elections.