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2 political figures shot to death in Mexico

Published June 11, 2012 3:18 pm

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Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico • The campaign for Mexico's July 1 national elections have been marred by bloodshed.

A candidate for a state assembly seat has been shot to death in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, and a supporter of President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party has died of a gunshot wound in the southern state of Chiapas.

This year's presidential and state races had been peaceful until now.

Guerrero state officials say state assembly candidate Margarito Genchi was found shot to death in an area east of Acapulco. Chiapas state prosecutors say they are searching for a mayoral candidate who a witness claims shot a National Action supporter in a town outside the state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez.