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Felipe Calderon blames candidate's killing on drug cartels

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

By Associated Press / June 28, 2010

Felipe Calderon speaks during a press conference at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, on June 24.

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MEXICO CITY

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is blaming drug cartels for the assassination of a front-running gubernatorial candidate.

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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."

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.