Article Photos: With Chavez stricken, elections become crucial 8/8

A worker weighs a bag of government subsidized food for a customer at a state-run market, one day before state elections for governors and legislators, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. If candidates who support Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gain or even hold steady Sunday, the executive branch could strengthen its hold on the grass roots, as communal councils decide, often based on loyalty, such questions as who gets a new roof, or who receives vocational training, distributing the funds directly. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)