Lopez Bows Out Of Venezuela Presidential Race

Published January 24, 2012 5:00PM (EST)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez has bowed out of Venezuela's presidential race saying he will support front-runner Henrique Capriles Radonski.

The announcement gives a significant boost to Capriles, who has a commanding lead in the polls ahead of the Feb. 12 opposition primary. The vote is to choose a single challenger to face President Hugo Chavez in the Oct. 7 presidential election.

By Salon Staff

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