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>> Andres Manual Lopez Obrador expected to be Mexico's first leftist President in a generation with a commanding lead in opinion polls cast his vote Sunday. Known by his initials, AMLO, the 64 year old candidate of the MORENA Party arrived at a polling station 40 minutes before it opened amid a media frenzy.
Lopez Obrador has pitched himself as the only man capable of cleaning up corruption, lowering crime levels, and boosting Mexico's economy. Reuters reporter Daina Beth Solomon has been talking to voters at a polling station in Mexico City.>> We're in the neighborhood of San Rafael. It's a residential, middle-class neighborhood not far from the city center.
So, I've spoken with a few people today, who all told me they're going to vote for López Obrador. They've all said that they're not convinced he's the ultimate solution for Mexico, but that they don't see any other option.>> If victorious, the most immediate challenge facing AMLO will likely be to how to curb Mexico's violence.
The 2018 election has been the bloodiest in recent history with 133 politicians and candidates killed on the campaign trail by suspected drug gangs.>> I hope with all my soul that in today's elections, the process goes peacefully without violence.>> The former mayor of Mexico City has also appealed to the country's poor, vowing to reduce inequality and improve pay.
>> I spoke with one young man this morning who grew up in the southern state of Chiapas, which is one of the poorest regions of Mexico. He said he grew up seeing first hand the lack of access to education and poverty especially in the remote, rural areas. And he thinks that AMLO or Lopez Obrador is the one person who can really start to bring a change to some of those issues.
>> I'm happy to support Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the future of my daughters and Mexico because I love the poor and I love Mexico.>> But critics of Lopez Obrador say he has been vague on policy details and, facing a myriad of problems, will struggle to keep his campaign promises.