New poll shows tight race in Venezuela

President Chavez facing big challenge

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CARACAS, Venezuela - The Venezuelan opposition's candidate challenging President Hugo Chavez in the October presidential vote says he trusts the results of an opinion poll that indicates the two men are running head-to-head.

Henrique Capriles says he has his own figures but that he personally believes the results of the poll by the Consultores 21 firm.

The firm's poll says 46 percent of the Venezuelans it surveyed said they intend to vote for Chavez and 45 percent backed Capriles. It says 9 percent were undecided.

The polling firm says the poll has an error margin of just over two percentage points. It says the poll was financed by a group of clients including private businesses.

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