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Emotional Venezuelans came out to support their president Sunday at the Simon Bolivar square in Caracas, a day after Mr. Chavez announced that his cancer had returned. “With the grace of God, we’ll come out victorious,” he told his people. (Associated Press)

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Mr. Capriles, trying to keep Mr. Chavez from another six years in office, kisses his ballot before putting it in a box Sunday in Caracas. He counters the incumbent’s socialist goals with promises of free-market reforms. (Associated Press)

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Mr. Capriles, trying to keep Mr. Chavez from another six years in office, kisses his ballot before putting it in a box Sunday in Caracas. He counters the incumbent’s socialist goals with promises of free-market reforms. (Associated Press)

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A supporter of Mr. Chavez tears up during his caravan's procession to the airport in Caracas, Venezuela, for his flight to Cuba for cancer surgery on Feb. 24. (Associated Press)

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Mr. Chavez kisses the forehead of his daughter, Rosa Virginia, at the presidential palace in Caracas. The socialist president said that he has faith in a "miracle," as he undergoes radiation therapy in Cuba following two surgeries to remove pelvic tumors.

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Mr. Chavez has selectively nationalized some companies while touting socialism, but the private sector controls two-thirds of the economy.