Asdrubal Chavez is a walking tribute to his still-revered cousin as he stumps for congress. Hugo Chavez's eyes peer out from above the bill of his red baseball cap. The late president's signature is emblazoned on his red shirt.
But conjuring the image of the founder of Venezuela's socialist revolution may no longer be enough for a person named Chavez to win elected office in this ranching state where the late leader and his five brothers were raised.
The family's grip on Barinas, which it has governed since the late 1990s, appears to be slipping amid what polls indicate is a nationwide turn against the well-entrenched party Hugo Chavez founded.
Many on the plains...