Venezuela's Chavez wins re-election

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez embraces a girl during a campaign rally in Guarenas, Venezuela, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Venezuela's presidential election is scheduled for Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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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.

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