Henrique Capriles
  • CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A united, well-organized opposition led by a youthful state governor gave President Hugo Chavez the race of his life Sunday as Venezuelans turned out in huge numbers for a presidential election on the country's socialist direction.

    Tensions rose in the bitterly divided petroleum-exporting nation while an undetermined number of voting stations remained open after the official 6 p.m. closing time, with not a single result announced more than three hours later.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 11:30 AM EST
  • From single mothers to construction workers, some Chavez supporters have been turning away from the president to consider new leadership.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 08, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
  • In this Sept. 1, 2012 photo, opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, center left, is embraced by a female supporter during a campaign rally in Miranda, Venezuela

    The two are taking contrasting approaches ahead of Venezuela's Oct. 7 election, but aiming for the same pool of swing voters.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 6:30 PM EST
  • PUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela (AP) — Violence broke out at an opposition campaign event in Venezuela on Wednesday as supporters of President Hugo Chavez blocked a road and a campaign truck was torched. Both sides hurled rocks.

    Hundreds of Chavez supporters in red shirts blocked a main road near the airport in the town of Puerto Cabello. A truck used by the campaign of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles was on fire, and a motorcycle was also torched.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 2:30 AM EST