Why Capriles is not yet on top

Socialism equals stuff!

He is running a smooth campaign. Unity among the opposition’s factions is rock solid. He is constantly on message. His opponent is sick, and has been around for a long time. In short, Capriles is doing very little wrong, and a lot of things right.

Why is this election not a washout for him? How does Chávez remain competitive? Why is he even on top, if you believe some polls?

William Neuman from the New York Times hints at why.