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Will Hugo Chavez stay or go? Venezuelan voters to decide

9:16 AM, Oct 7, 2012   |    comments
Venezuelan President and presidential candidate Hugo Chavez waves Saturday as he leaves a press conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas. (Photo: Eitan Abramovich, AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hundreds of Venezuelans living in the U.S. are streaming into New Orleans to cast ballots in the South American nation's presidential election.

With the country's consulate in Miami closed, thousands of Venezuelans made arrangements to vote Sunday at the consulate in New Orleans.

On Sunday morning after the polls opened, voters chanted "we want to vote" and sang their homeland's national anthem.

Freddy Osio, a Realtor from Miami, says he arrived in New Orleans at 3 a.m. But he says it's a sacrifice worth making because he wants to "liberate Venezuela." He says "it's now or never."

Chavez faces a challenge from Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old former state governor who has pledged solutions to crime, corruption and poorly run public services.

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