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Reports of violence as 12 Mexican states vote for governors

  • In this May 17, 2016 photo, Miguel Angel Yunes Linares, candidate for Governor for the National Action Party, PAN, and the coalition "Unidos para rescatar Veracruz," or "United to rescue Veracruz," greets supporters during a campaign rally in Ixhuacan, in the gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexico. Veracruz is the biggest of the states choosing governors and one of five, along with Durango, Hidalgo, Quintana Roo and Tamaulipas, in which the governing  Institutional Revolutionary Party has never lost even as its once iron grip on power has eroded across the nation as a whole. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    In this May 17, 2016 photo, Miguel Angel Yunes Linares, candidate for Governor for the National Action Party, PAN, and the coalition "Unidos para rescatar Veracruz," or "United to rescue Veracruz," greets supporters during a campaign rally in Ixhuacan, in the gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexico. Veracruz is the biggest of the states choosing governors and one of five, along with Durango, Hidalgo, Quintana Roo and Tamaulipas, in which the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party has never lost even as its once iron grip on power has eroded across the nation as a whole. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man casts his vote during state elections in the city of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Veracruz is the biggest prize in Sunday's gubernatorial elections, which could shape the fortunes of the country's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in its bid to hold onto the presidency in 2018. In five of the 12 statehouses up for grabs, including Veracruz, the party has ruled uninterrupted for more than 80 years. (AP Photo/Ilse Huesca)

    A man casts his vote during state elections in the city of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Veracruz is the biggest prize in Sunday's gubernatorial elections, which could shape the fortunes of the country's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in its bid to hold onto the presidency in 2018. In five of the 12 statehouses up for grabs, including Veracruz, the party has ruled uninterrupted for more than 80 years. (AP Photo/Ilse Huesca)  (The Associated Press)

  • People prepare to cast their vote during state elections in the city of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Veracruz is the biggest prize in Sunday's gubernatorial elections, which could shape the fortunes of the country's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in its bid to hold onto the presidency in 2018. In five of the 12 statehouses up for grabs, including Veracruz, the party has ruled uninterrupted for more than 80 years. (AP Photo/Ilse Huesca)

    People prepare to cast their vote during state elections in the city of Veracruz, Mexico, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Veracruz is the biggest prize in Sunday's gubernatorial elections, which could shape the fortunes of the country's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in its bid to hold onto the presidency in 2018. In five of the 12 statehouses up for grabs, including Veracruz, the party has ruled uninterrupted for more than 80 years. (AP Photo/Ilse Huesca)  (The Associated Press)

There are reports of violence in Mexico as 12 states vote for new governors.

In Veracruz, a two-party alliance backing an opposition candidate is complaining of attacks against party members in seven municipalities.

They include vehicles being burned and gasoline bombs thrown at party headquarters in the state capital of Xalapa.

The National Action Party's state leader Jose Mancha Alarcon said Sunday that attackers also burst into the home of the mayor of Acajete and set it on fire.

In the town of Emiliano Zapata near Xalapa, a severed human head was left in a park a few feet (meters) from a polling station.

State Public Security Secretary Arturo Bermudez confirmed that the driver for a local lawmaker was kidnapped. The lawmaker is part of the opposition alliance's gubernatorial campaign.