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Frontera norte

On-line version ISSN 2594-0260Print version ISSN 0187-7372

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BARRACCA, Steven. Implications of the PRI's First Presidential Primary: A View from Ciudad Júarez. Frontera norte [online]. 2001, vol.13, n.25, pp.43-70. ISSN 2594-0260.

This article explores voters' perceptions of the PRI's first-ever presidential primary held on November 7, 1999. An exit poll conducted on election day in Ciudad Júarez, Chihuahua, indicates that the majority of voters viewed the elections as well organized, transparent, and honest, although these perceptions varied significantly according to partisan and candidate sympathies. Responses from the exit poll suggest that the PRI will benefit from the primary by strengthening its electoral support among its base and among independent voters. This is crucial for the PRI in Chihuahua, given the competitive and fluid two-party electoral environment in the state. At the national level, by helping to solidify its base, the primary was a factor that likely contributed to the PRI obtaining pluralities in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in the July 2000 election.

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