Venezuela: Chavez rival maintains advantage in latest survey

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NEW YORK — Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski maintained a 1.9 percent lead over President Hugo Chavez in the latest survey from Consultores 21, a Caracas-based polling company, less than three weeks before elections.

Chavez, who is seeking to extend nearly 14 years in power with another six-year term, is facing his toughest electoral fight yet after his opponents buried their differences and unified behind a single candidate.

Capriles, a 40-year-old former governor of Miranda state, is promising to maintain some of Chavez’s popular social programs while dismantling economic policies such as currency and price controls.

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