Felipe Calderon blames candidate's killing on drug cartels

Felipe Calderon said drug cartels are to blame for the assassination of a gubernatorial candidate.

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    Felipe Calderon speaks during a press conference at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, on June 24.
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon is blaming drug cartels for the assassination of a front-running gubernatorial candidate.

He warns drug gangs are trying to infiltrate the election process.

Calderon said the assassination Monday of Rodolfo Torre in northern Mexico shows "organized crime is a permanent threat" and called on Mexicans to "close ranks to confront it."

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He said organized crime "is trying to interfere in the decisions of citizens and in election processes."

Torre was running for governor in the border state of Tamaulipas.

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