It's taking place in just 1 week's time!
Maduro (Chavez's deputy) has impressed by whole heartedly throwing himself into the electoral process instead of arguing that Chavez's term should have transferred to him. He's standing 10 points clear of the opposition and has obviously learned a lot from Hugo, promising a curse on anyone who doesn't vote for him, alleging a conspiracy of multiple countries to kill him and equating his main opponent (Capriles) with the Spanish invaders from centuries ago.
Capriles is pretty much stuffed. Unlike previous years, it's not a 2 horse race and the other candidates (there's 5 of them) are taking up around 15 valuable points that he needs. There's no transfers, it's first past the post so unless there are multiple dropouts this week with those candidates throwing their support behind Capriles, next Sunday looks like a forgone conclusion.
BBC News - Venezuelan candidate Maduro puts curse on rival voters
?They want me dead!? Venezuelan president claims US murder plot ? RT News
Polar opposites: Venezuela votes on its future ? RT News