Polls show what looks like a sure thing. In mid-September, 11 had Chavez ahead by 13 - 28%. Throughout the campaign, they've been relatively unchanged. One or two right wing ones faked it. They claim a close race.
With tongue in cheek perhaps, the Washington Post days earlier said although most polls show Chavez ahead, "one survey last month put the two candidates roughly even."
The Post omitted explaining how great a lead Chavez has. Instead it claimed opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski promises to fight crime, create jobs, and provide better electricity and water services.
He'll also end years of vital social change. He wants wealth and power interests running Venezuela. He wants ordinary people on their own sink or swim.
Expect Venezuelans to resoundingly reject him for good reason. He a corporate scoundrel they want no part of.
Earlier, The New York Times said Chavez replaced Fidel Castro as Washington's main Latin American bete noire. He's the leading regional opponent of US policies.
The Times rarely misses a chance to vilify him. It shouldn't surprise for a broadsheet totally supportive of America's worst policies.
On September 13, the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (VSC) headlined "One month before Venezuela's Presidential election, polls show huge leads for Hugo Chavez," saying: