Venezuelans select pro-Chavez candidates Sunday

CARACAS -- More than a million Venezuelans are expected to go to the polls Sunday to choose candidates for President Hugo Chavez's newly formed United Socialist Party, in what experts say is a well-orchestrated strategy to win races in a national election later this year.

The vote will set the stage for Chavez loyalists to win gubernational and municipal races in November while shutting out candidates from opposition parties, which have been hampered by infighting and disorganization.

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