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In pictures: On eve of election, Venezuelans get ready for a tight race

Venezuelans crowded grocery stores and markets on Saturday to stock up on food or lined and collected the national ID cards they need for voting

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A man walks past campaign posters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas on Saturday. Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election that pits Mr. Chavez against opposition rival Henrique Capriles.

Carlos Garcia Rawlins/REUTERS

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A man is seen through the window of a bus as he walks past campaign posters of Mr. Chavez. Sunday’s ballot is expected to be the tightest presidential election faced by Mr. Chavez during nearly 14 years in office.

JORGE SILVA/REUTERS

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Adrea Leon holds a sign saying she supports the elections in Venezuela on Saturday as she boards one of fifty buses traveling to New Orleans from Miami to vote in the Venezuelan election. The Venezuelan government closed the down its consulate in Miami, where the largest population of Venezuelans reside in the United States.

JEFFREY BOAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Members of the Bolivarian militia, a militia created by Mr. Chavez estimated to number more than 100,000 who do not report to the armed forces, stand at a checkpoint in the 23 de Enero neighborhood of Caracas on Saturday.

RODRIGO ABD/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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A defaced election campaign poster of Mr. Chavez hangs in Caracas on Saturday. Tensions between ‘Chavistas’ and supporters of Mr. Capriles have been high, given the expectations of a close election.

Fernando Llano/AP

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Election campaign posters of Mr. Chavez are pasted on a wall next to paintings of historical indigenous leaders in Caracas.

RAMON ESPINOSA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Pro-Chavez posters hang by dolls on display outside a doll collector's home in downtown Caracas.

Ramon Espinosa/AP

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While most polls indicate a clear win for Mr. Chavez, others have shown Mr. Capriles narrowing the gap. Chavez is seeking a new six-year term.

TOMAS BRAVO/REUTERS

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Residents buy subsidized food at a government market in Caracas. On Saturday, Venezuelans crowded grocery stores and markets on Saturday to stock up on food or lined and collected the national ID cards they need for voting.

RODRIGO ABD/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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