­Henrique Capriles is the governor of Venezuela's Miranda state and the candidate selected in February by the Coalition of Democratic Unity to challenge incumbent President Hugo Chávez in elections scheduled for Oct. 7. Capriles has unified the country's famously fractious opposition

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­Henrique Capriles is the governor of Venezuela's Miranda state and the candidate selected in February by the Coalition of Democratic Unity to challenge incumbent President Hugo Chávez in elections scheduled for Oct. 7. Capriles has unified the country's famously fractious opposition

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Venezuela's Presidential Contender

The Rival
The Rival

­Henrique Capriles is the governor of Venezuela's Miranda state and the candidate selected in February by the Coalition of Democratic Unity to challenge incumbent President Hugo Chávez in elections scheduled for Oct. 7. Capriles has unified the country's famously fractious opposition

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The President
The President

On the 10th anniversary of his return to power, Chávez, with his daughter, addresses his supporters, known as Chavistas

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Chavistas
Chavistas

Amid the Chavistas in red T-shirts, a poster depicts El Comandante, as Chávez is known

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House by House
House by House

Capriles has gotten jubilant receptions during casa por casa visits in poor ­neighborhoods across the country

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Among the People
Among the People

"To prosper, people need more than aid from the state. I like the Brazilian model," says Capriles

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Progressive Campaign
Progressive Campaign

Capriles's campaign, which invites Venezuelans to climb aboard his "autobús del progreso," recalls that of candidate Barack Obama, as does his message of unity

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Anti-Crime Pledge
Anti-Crime Pledge

Violence remains the scourge of Venezuelan life. Capriles pledges to make restoring order his top priority

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