Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency with a large margin on Sunday.
O'Grady said on "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino" that she doesn't see Lopez Obrador's policies leading to dramatic improvements in the country. She is now based in Mexico City. That compares to 26.1 percent for former speaker of Congress and PAN candidate Ricardo Anaya and 20.8 percent for ex-finance minister Jose Antonio Meade of the PRI party.
"What they're saying is a lie, that if Lopez Obrador wins, he'll have a tough relationship with Trump", said Juan Carlos Ramirez, 29, a construction worker in San Diego.
Sunday's win by longtime political outsider Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1, was expected by markets, though his margin of victory was wider than projected and it appears his coalition will have a majority in Congress. "I will not disappoint you and I will not betray my people", he said.
Retired Susana Zuniga beamed as she said the country was experiencing a moment similar to the Mexican Revolution a century ago.
O'Grady added that she believes Lopez Obrador is going to be "very careful" at first, due to Mexico's exposure in the worldwide market.
Lopez Obrador's coalition, which is led by his Morena party, looked like it was also on track to snag several other key posts, including at least five of the nine governor's races that were on the ballot.
Mexican business group Coparmex called previous year for the creation of a strongly independent body to counter the tendency of Congress to approve expansive budgets.
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On Monday, an advisor to Lopez Obrador told Reuters the election win would jumpstart talks between Mexico, the United States and Canada to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA.
To some degree the election has become a referendum on Mexico's political elite and its economic direction, as well as the tenure of the current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who is limited to a single six-year term. "It is thanks to us young people who are supporting him that he was able to get more votes than he did in past elections".
President Nieto, who took office in 2012, continued this trend, going out of his way to please his American counterparts.
But Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, suggested that the Republican president could find common ground with Lopez Obrador, predicting "some surprising results".
It is hard to see AMLO continuing his predecessors' security policies and anti-immigration efforts on Mexico's southern border.
Lopez Obrador is a twice-spurned populist whose supporters hope he will deliver on promises to clean up corruption, reign in spiraling violence and lift millions out of poverty.
Mexico's new president will have to deal with his U.S. counterpart, President Donald Trump, along with his threats to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement and his calls for the construction of a border wall.
"We would not want this organism to be any way partisan", he said. "Peace and tranquility are the fruits of justice", Lopez Obrador said.