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Mexico City mayor narrowly leads ruling party presidential race, poll shows

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum holds hook advantage over Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in the race to function as ruling partys candidate in the presidential election of 2024, an impression poll showed on Wednesday.

The Aug. 18-23 survey of just one 1,000 Mexican residents by polling firm Buendia & Marquez for newspaper El Universal showed 31% favoring Sheinbaum because the presidential candidate for the leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), while 29% chose Ebrard.

Ricardo Monreal, the first choice of MORENA in Mexicos Senate, had 11% support, with Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez at 7%.

MORENA, which swept to a landslide victory under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in 2018, was well prior to the opposition in the first running for the election.

Some 41% of respondents would vote for MORENA in 2024, as the main opposition groups, the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), each garnered 14% support, based on the poll.

Both Sheinbaum and Ebrard were seen handily beating possible rivals on a joint PAN-PRI ticket in addition to a potential contender from the center-left Citizens Movement, Luis Donaldo Colosio, the son of a PRI icon of exactly the same name who was simply assassinated in 1994.

Lopez Obrador, a favorite president, is barred under Mexican law from seeking re-election. He wants the MORENA candidate to be chosen by way of a poll whose parameters have yet to be established. The winner is likely to be announced by late 2023.

Buendia & Marquez said its survey had a maximum margin of error of 3.53 percentage points.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Paul Simao)

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