The Mexican election is over and the results are too close to call between leftist Democratic Revolution Party candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Vicente Fox's National Action Party candidate Felipe Calderon.
Obrador is viewed as a friend of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been viciously anti American. Calderon -- as you'd expect -- comes from the Vicente Fox mold and for those of us in America that means more of the same regarding the way Mexico currently runs and the problem of a continued invasion of illegal aliens for us.
The real loser in all of this is the Mexican people. No matter which candidate wins the people of Mexico will either be stuck following the status quo where the rich punish the poor, or will be led by an anti-capitalist who will drive business owners into recession and having to lay off workers.
If Obrador comes out ahead that border fence along our southern border will look even more appetizing than it already does. If Calderon wins, well you can continue to expect a rise in illegal immigration as they try to escape the poverty of their nation.
Mexican nationals living here in America didn't seem to care what happens back home with only 32,632 of 10 million sending a vote home.
The vote was the first since Fox's stunning victory six years ago ended 71 years of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and it could determine whether Mexico becomes the latest Latin American country to move to the left.
Electoral officials said voting was relatively peaceful, but many voters complained polls opened late or ran out of ballots.
Exit polls indicated National Action Party did well in three governor races -- Morelos, Guanajuato and Jalisco -- while Marcelo Ebrard of Lopez Obrador's party easily won the Mexico City mayor's post.
As for Congress -- key to determining whether the president will be able to push through reforms -- none of the three main parties dominated: National Action had 35 percent of the lower house of Congress, compared to 31 percent for Democratic Revolution and 28 percent for the PRI, according to a TV Azteca exit poll that had a margin of error of 1.5 percentage points.
Mark in Mexico doing someliveblogging.