Mexican officials have said that voting will proceed, including in Tamaulipas where assassinated Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Torre’s replacement has not even been named yet.
Gunmen ambushed Torres’s campaign caravan Monday, killing him, three bodyguards and a state lawmaker. It is believed the hit is part of a feud between the gulf cartel and a gang who has split from it known as the Zetas. The Zetas have grown to the point that they control much of life in Tamaulipas. Drug cartels fund a tenth of Mexico’s economy. Calderon’s government is urging citizens to stand up to the cartels by voting; many Mexicans fear the cartels are winning this fight.