Capriles has been focusing his speeches on the future rather than the battle at hand.
In Margarita, he said the day after the election would be a day of “peace” in Venezuela.
“That day, we’ll be one single country and we’ll work together to make it better so we can have a better life,” he told supporters.
Polls paint a troubling picture of Capriles’ electoral future, with many giving Maduro a double-digit lead.
Still, hopes were running high among supporters.
“The polls don’t matter,” said Claudia Fernandez, a 36-year-old caterer at the Capriles rally. “We’re going to move the Venezuelan people come Election Day…He’s going to win.”
Following his brief island tour, safety barriers buckled at another event in Venezuela’s industrial belt, as supporters broke past security guards to get to the stage were Capriles was speaking.
In the city of Maracay, in Aragua state, people fainted amid the heat and thick crowds, while Capriles implored his supporters to head to polls in greater numbers than ever before.
“If we all vote on the 14th [of April], on the 15th we will have a new President!” he shouted out.
“We see, we feel, Capriles president!” the crowd chanted in response.
Despite the palpable energy and enthusiasm, some remained skeptical.
Impressed by the turnout in Maracay, Evelyn Benitez, 39, a seamstress, still had her doubts about the prospects of a Capriles’ victory.
“He says if we all vote we can win,” she said. “But you know the Chavistas have everything going for them.”
“You have to have faith, I suppose.” she said, shaking her head.
Miami Herald Staff Writer Jim Wyss contributed to this report from Bogota.