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Calderon's conservative party notches win in Baja

| Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011

MEXICO CITY -- In another case of topsy-turvy political allegiances in Mexico, the conservative party of President Felipe Calderon yesterday appeared to have won the governorship of the state of Baja California Sur with a candidate who once was a former foe from the main leftist party.

Marcos Covarrubias, who defected from the leftist party and ran as a candidate of the right-wing National Action Party, or PAN, won by 6 percentage points over his nearest competitor, according to preliminary results of Sunday's balloting, with votes from all polling places tallied.

It is the first time PAN has won in Baja California Sur, home of the Los Cabos tourist zone.

Meanwhile, three teenage boys were shot to death in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, and at least two of them had been high school students in Texas, authorities said Monday.

The boys were killed at a car dealership in the city across the border from El Paso, Texas, Chihuahua prosecutors' spokesman Arturo Sandoval said.

He said there were no witnesses and no leads on suspects or a motive.

One of the boys, Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermodez, 16, was a sophomore at Cathedral High School in El Paso, said Nick Gonzalez, the Roman Catholic brother who is the principal. Another victim, Juan Carlos Echeverri, 15, had been a freshman at the private all-boys Catholic school last year but left to study in Ciudad Juarez, Gonzalez said.

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