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Chavez's anointed successor takes narrowing lead into Sunday ballot in Venezuela

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro waves to the crowd as he campaigns in Cabimas, Zulia state, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Maduro, late President Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, is running for president against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on April 14. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro waves to the crowd as he campaigns in Cabimas, Zulia state, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Maduro, late President Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, is running for president against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on April 14. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • A supporter holds up a sign that reads in Spanish "The fight continues" and shows late President Hugo Chavez, left, and current presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro, before the closing campaign rally for Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Maduro, Chavez's hand-picked successor, is running for president against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on April 14. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    A supporter holds up a sign that reads in Spanish "The fight continues" and shows late President Hugo Chavez, left, and current presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro, before the closing campaign rally for Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Maduro, Chavez's hand-picked successor, is running for president against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on April 14. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro holds up an image of Saint Benedict as he campaigns in Cabimas, Zulia state, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013.  Maduro, late President Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, will run for president against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on April 14. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro holds up an image of Saint Benedict as he campaigns in Cabimas, Zulia state, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Maduro, late President Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, will run for president against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on April 14. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)  (The Associated Press)

It's the final day of campaigning for Sunday's election to replace Hugo Chavez and the streets of Caracas are flooded with red-shirted backers of the man the recently deceased Venezuelan president tapped to succeed him.

Nicolas Maduro is favored to win the vote. The burly former bus driver had been Chavez's foreign minister and vows to carry on his mentor's socialist revolution.

But polls show Maduro's advantage narrowing as challenger Henrique Capriles hammers away at government deficiencies in managing the economy and fighting crime.

Venezuela is also plagued by food shortages, double-digit inflation and worsening power outages.

Many analysts believe that if the campaign were to held a few months from now Maduro would not have the 10-point lead the latest poll from the Datanalisis firm gives him over Capriles.