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Adrea Leon holds a sign saying she supports the elections in Venezuela as she boards one of fifty buses traveling to New Orleans from Miami to vote in the Venezuelan election Saturday Oct. 6th, 2012. The Venezuelan government closed the down its consulate in Miami where the largest population of Venezuelans reside in the United States.(AP Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)

Adrea Leon holds a sign saying she supports the elections in Venezuela as she boards one of fifty buses traveling to New Orleans from Miami to vote in the Venezuelan election Saturday Oct. 6th, 2012. The Venezuelan government closed the down its consulate in Miami where the largest population of Venezuelans reside in the United States.(AP Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)

Venezuela's Chavez wins re-election

President Hugo Chavez

won re-election and a new endorsement of his socialist project Oct. 7,

surviving his closest race yet after a bitter campaign in which the

opposition accused him of unfairly using Venezuela's oil wealth and his

near total control of state institutions to his advantage.