An image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hangs from an electric pole at the neighborhood of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Smarting after a bruising loss in

 

              An image of Venezuela
An image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hangs from an electric pole at the neighborhood of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Smarting after a bruising loss in state elections, Venezuela's opposition will now be forced to reassess its strategy and rebuild quickly to prepare for presidential elections that many expect could be called to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)