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Henrique Capriles, a youthful state governor, won Venezuela's first opposition presidential primary Sunday by a wide margin, emerging as the single candidate who will try to end President Hugo Chavez's 13 years in power.
State Gov. Henrique Capriles handily won a primary vote Sunday to become the single candidate who will challenge Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, launching a race to try to dislodge a leader who after 13 years in power still has a loyal following.
Venezuelans are preparing to head to the polls Sunday to nominate a challenger to President Hugo Chavez in what analysts say is likely to be the country's closest election in 14 years.
Opposition presidential candidates participated Monday in a nationally televised debate for the first time in more than a decade, criticizing leftist leader Hugo Chavez and promising jobs ahead of next year's election.
He said crime and a weak economy are top concerns, and the opposition this time is "very strong, very determined."