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>> Venezuelan's poor have suffered the most through a crashing economic crisis, but surprisingly their devotion remains strong for the ruling Socialist Party largely blamed for the nation's unprecedented problems. Many in the working class are die hard followers of the Chavezmo movement, founded by late leader, Hugo Chavez. And for Sunday's election, President Nicolas Maduro is drumming up support by leaning on that legacy.
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Reuters correspondent Alexandra Ulmer has been talking to Chavistas at pro-Maduro rallies across Caracas.>> Despite the deep economic crisis in Venezuela, and the severe food shortage as you can see here, an estimated 20% of this population still supports leftist President Nicolas Maduro. I met one woman named Helen Blandin, a 44-year-old single mother.
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Her life has changed dramatically in the last few years. She now only makes about $2 a month as a government employee. That means she struggles to afford basics like meat or pay for diapers and milk for her baby son. Yet on Sunday, she will be voting for Nicholas Maduro.
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So Helen Blandin believes that businessmen in league with the United States are trying to sabotage Venezuela's economy by hiding food or pumping up prices artificially.>> Venezuela's opposition led by wealthy families has struggled to convince poor Venezuelans that it deserves their trust. Even though under Maduro, the nation's economy has been shrinking for five straight years.
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>> I've lived in Venezuela for four years and just in that time, the situation has dramatically worsened. It used to be that shortages were sporadic, coffee would disappear for a few weeks and then reappear, but now the shortages are wide spread and affect every single part of the economy.
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>> And as the country continues to struggle, some Venezuelans are slowly recognizing that Maduro is no Chavez. Campaign leaflets commend Maduro for being hard working and loyal, a far cry from the effusive language swirling around Chavez who is still described as galactic and eternal.