Opposition's Capriles holds seat in Venezuela state elections

CARACAS Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:53pm EST

Miranda state Governor and candidate for re-election Henrique Capriles (C) greets supporters before casting his vote during regional election in Caracas December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Miranda state Governor and candidate for re-election Henrique Capriles (C) greets supporters before casting his vote during regional election in Caracas December 16, 2012.

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles held his governorship post in state elections on Sunday, leaving him well placed to challenge the government, should President Hugo Chavez's cancer necessitate a new presidential vote.

But the ruling Socialist Party's candidates had a strong showing elsewhere around the South American nation, taking 18 out of 21 governorship results announced by the election board, compared with the opposition's three.

(Reporting by Marianna Parraga; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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