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Supporters of opposition Presidential Candidate Henrique Capriles cheer during a campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Capriles is running against President Hugo Chavez in the country's Oct. 7 election. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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.