April 10 - Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Caprilles and acting president Nicolas Maduro rally their supporters, with Maduro announcing a hike in wages just five days before vote. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Applause for Venezuela's opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. He's stepping up his campaign ahead of Sunday's snap elections, triggered by the death of former leader Hugo Chavez. Capriles, a 40-year-old governor, says he is here to for the people and to make a stand against insular politics. Acting President Nicolas Maduro drummed up support at his own rally with a promise to hike Venezuela's minimum wage by about 40 percent if he's elected. Capriles promises a similar wage rise as both men adopt some Chavez-style populism on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday's vote. Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver named by Chavez as his heir, rarely misses a chance to lionize the man many Venezuelans know as "El Comandante." But analysts say his reliance on Chavez's legacy could become a weakness. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SOCIOLOGIST MARYCLEN STELLING, SAYING: "He (Maduro) is covered in Chavez, which benefits him politically in the sense of 'Chavista' votes, but creates a weak flank because the opposition accuses him of not being Chavez." Maduro is leading opinion polls, but Caprilles says he will get a late surge of support.