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Chavez Rival Maintains Lead in Poll Ahead of Oct. 7 Election

Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski maintained his lead over President Hugo Chavez in the latest survey from Consultores 21, a Caracas-based polling company, less than three weeks before elections.

Capriles had 48.1 percent against 46.2 percent for Chavez in a poll taken at the end of August, Consultores 21 President Luis Christiansen said yesterday at a conference hosted by the Council of the Americas in New York. The survey of 1,000 people was taken in the last two weeks of August had a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points, Christiansen said.