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Chavez Heir Seen Coasting to Win as Venezuelans Mourn

During his first two days as Venezuela’s acting president, Nicolas Maduro didn’t lose a chance to swear his loyalty to Hugo Chavez, whether it was hosting a Chinese delegation or visiting his mentor’s coffin for the seventh time.

As the grief-stricken nation heads to a snap presidential election April 14, there’s no more effective campaign strategy for Maduro. After years of operating in the shadow of Chavez, the former bus driver is now tasked with steering a socialist revolution credited with improving the lives of Venezuelans at the third fastest pace in the world.