Nicolas Maduro
 
  • Interim president, Hugo Chavez's chosen successor
  • Former foreign minister
  • Was a member of assembly that drafted a new constitution after Chavez's 1998 election
  • Campaigned for Mr. Chavez's release from prison in the 1990s
  • 50 years old, former bus driver

    Henrique Capriles
     
    • Lost 2012 presidential election to Hugo Chavez
    • Governor of Venezuela's second-most populous state, Miranda
    • Jailed in 2002 for fomenting a protest near the Cuban Embassy, later acquitted
    • Was Venezuela's youngest legislator 40 years old