05/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hezbollah, A Leading Contender In Lebanese Elections (VIDEO)

Lebanon is preparing for elections that could dramatically alter the leadership of the moderate country.

One of the expected big winners is Hezbollah, which commands a huge and growing influence in Lebanon.

Some call it a state within a state; a movement that is all too willing to fill any gaps it perceives left open by the government. Hezbollah, with its close ties to Iran, has become very influential -- and though the U.S. government considers them terrorists, they are heroes to their many followers.

Worldfocus special correspondent Kristen Gillespie reports on Hezbollah.