The candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, for the governorship of Baja California, Fernando Castro Trenti, acknowledged Saturday that the partial results of the July 7 elections are going against him.

"We have to assume our responsibilities," Castro Trenti told a press conference in the city of Tijuana.

The partial official results favor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, representing the United for Baja California coalition led by the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, which has governed the state since 1989.

Cited by local media, Castro Trenti, the hopeful of the Commitment to Baja California coalition headed by the PRI, asked party militants to "turn the page" and continue working for their cause.

The candidate had already disclosed his position in a message published Saturday in local media.

"Now that we've finished doing the district calculations, I'm sure the results don't favor me," he said in his message, in which he thanked his family, followers and the collaborators who backed him in the campaign.

He also announced that he will return to the Mexican legislature, and asked for support in seeking the candidacy in December.

Almost simultaneously, national PRI leader Cesar Camacho accepted his party's defeat in the Baja California gubernatorial election.

The post of governor in this northwestern state bordering the United States was the most important of the local elections held July 7 in 15 states around the country, in which close to 30 million voters went to the polls.

The PRI, which regained the Mexican presidency in December last year after the PAN ousted it in 2000, lost the governorship of Baja California in 1989 at a time when it dominated the rest of the country's political map. EFE