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Mexico's Prince Charming: Pena Nieto on the campaign trail

It felt less like day 46 on the campaign trail and more like the arrival of a telenovela star when the PRI's presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto met a horde of supporters in Ciudad del Carmen in May. His popularity was proven at the ballot box a few weeks later: Mr. Nieto returned the party to office in the July 1 vote, though accusations of impropriety linger

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A group of Enrique Pena Nieto's supporters examine the photos they took of the Mexican presidential candidate during a campaign meeting in Ciudad del Carmen, in Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012.

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Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), poses before a group of admirers at a campaign stop in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012.

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Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexican presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), greets supporters at a campaign stop in the oil city of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche state on May 16, 2012.

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Enrique Pena Nieto, presidential candidiate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) poses for pictures with supporters during a campaign stop in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012.

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Enrique Pena Nieto, presidential candidate for Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is mobbed by supporters while arriving at a campaign rally with oil workers in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012.

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One of Enrique Pena Nieto's supporters takes a picture of the Mexican presidential candidate during a campaign meeting in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012. Mr. Pena Nieto is running for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which hopes to oust the National Action Party from office.

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Enrique Pena Nieto, presidential candidate of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), walks through a throng of supporters while arriving at a campaign meeting with oil workers in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012.

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Supporters of Enrique Pena Nieto, the Institutional Revolutionary Party's presidential candidate, attend a campaign meeting in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012.

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Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexican presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) delivers a speech during a rally with oil workers in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico, on May 16, 2012. .

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Enrique Pena Nieto's supporters gather in front of a poster of the Mexican presidential candidate during a rally in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico on May 16, 2012. Mr. Pena Nieto is running for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which hopes to oust the ruling National Action Party.

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