Article Photos: Venezuelan elections a test for Chavez's movement 6/31

A street vendor rests near his stand, placed near a state-run market set up to sell government subsidized food, one day ahead of 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)