Nightly News | October 07, 2012
>>> one of the countries of the united states depends on for oil venezuela which has been ruled for 14 years president hugo chavez . he's facing a challenge of his power. it's a high stakes race people are watching very closely. we have our report from caracus.
>> reporter: voters say today's election will determine how the oil population of the world uses its well. if hugo chavez wins another presidential third term, it will help his agenda. chavez says he uses exports to benefit the poor. voters love chavez because he gives them low cost housing and food.
>> chavez has the interest of the people.
>> reporter: pollsters say he has a good shot at victory. at 40, he's young, energetic, and some say, sexy. what does an election here in south america mean to the united states ? oil experts say the oil here in venezuela will impact how much we as americans pay in gas.
>> if chavez gets reelected, i suppose we'll see lower crude oil sales to the u.s. and that's going to cost the consumer more money for their gasoline.
>> reporter: today most ralliers rallied tweeting, get out the votes. street cry is rampant and oil production has slipped 30% in the last decade.
>> if we win, we cannot believe that every problem will be solved on monday. but at least there is hope that the things can change.
>> reporter: today, thousands of venezue venezuelans who over the years traveled to miami traveled to vote in new orleans. more voted in new york. while president chavez bragged that his country has the highest vote count in the world. grocery stores are swamped as they fear a violent reaction to whoever is announced the winner.
>>> now to syria where there are reports tonight of several