>> An explosion of political assassinations in Mexico has cast a shadow over nationwide elections this weekend. According to the latest tally, since campaigning kicked off in September, 130 politicians have been killed across Mexico. Some, brutally murdered.>> I'm Havovi Cooper in the heart of Mexico City with Reuters' correspondent Daina Beth Solomon, who has been reporting extensively on the violence in the region.
So Daina, who are some of the people who have been targeted recently?>> The victims have come from all political parties in Mexico, large and small. They're mostly at the local level, where the officials are now running for office in the election coming up. Reuters spoke with a candidate for mayorship in a small town in northern Mexico.
A while back, she started getting calls in the middle of the night threatening her, and this man was on the phone telling her to drop out of the race or get killed. She has however decided to press on. And she now has bodyguards following her around the clock.
>> The vast majority of the victims were shot, and most cases remain unsolved. But authorities have an idea of who is behind the deadly attacks.>> Security experts say that it's the drug cartels that are driving a lot of the bloodshed in this election. With so many local posts now up for change, the drug bosses want to make sure they don't lose any of the power that they had with the local governments, and make sure they can install people who will help them facilitate their business.
>> Just this week, hugs and tears in Oaxaca City as family members mourn the deaths of five members of the leading Morena Party, and demanded an investigation. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who has said little so far about the spate of killings, spoke out on Wednesday.>> The best way to express our opposition to these types of incidents is by going out and voting.
>> The deeply unpopular ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has been blamed for the growing scourge of crime in the country, and is expected to fare poorly at the polls on Sunday.