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Mexican Governor Candidate Killed as Drug Fight Rages

The leading candidate for governor in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas was gunned down today by unknown assassins, less than a week before elections in which violence related to drug trafficking is a central issue.

Rodolfo Torre Cantu, a 46-year-old member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was in a vehicle that was attacked near the airport of state capital Ciudad Victoria, according to Ruben Dario Rios Lopez, spokesman for the Tamaulipas prosecutors office. Rios said four others were killed in the attack, including Enrique Blackmore, a local lawmaker.