Lead narrows for Chavez heir amid crime, shortages

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Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro gives a thumbs up as Argentina's soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona sits behind him as they leave after paying their respects at the tomb of late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 12, 2013. Maduro, who served as Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in Sunday's presidential election to replace Chavez who died on March 5. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolas Maduro hopes to ride a tide of grief into Venezuela's special presidential election Sunday and win voters' endorsement to succeed the late Hugo Chavez, the adored larger-than-life leader who chose him to carry on the messy, unfinished Chavista revolution.

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