Pena Nieto announces run for Mexico presidency

By the Associated Press | September 20, 2011 | 3:10 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The popular former governor of Mexico State says he will seek his party's nomination to run for president next year.

Enrique Pena Nieto is one of Mexico's best-known politicians and is considered a favorite to win the July 2012 election for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

The 45-year-old told the Televisa network late Monday that he will work hard for the nomination, calling the polls that put him ahead just a "snapshot" of the moment.

Pena Nieto is seen as the PRI's best hope to regain the presidency it held for more than 70 years before losing to Vicente Fox in 2000 and then Felipe Calderon in 2006, both of the rival National Action Party.