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Wait Begins After Huge Turnout
In Venezuela Vote

Associated Press, by Ian James and Frank Bajak

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Posted By:PageTurner, 10/7/2012 9:58:30 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela A huge voter turnout swamped polling sites across Venezuela on Sunday as a united, well-organized opposition candidate gave President Hugo Chavez the race of his life. Tensions rose in the bitterly divided country while an undetermined number of voting stations remained open after the official 6 p.m. closing time, with not a single result announced nearly three hours later. Chavez, a socialist who has ruled for nearly 14 years, called on Venezuelans to await results patiently, speaking briefly Sunday night by phone during a news conference held by his campaign chief. Electoral officials gave no indication of when

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Quigley, 10/7/2012 10:06:54 PM     (No. 8916939)

I believe that chavez has been an obviously terrible leader for Venezuela.

And yet, defeating him at the polls has apparently been very difficult.

I wonder to which voters there it was not obvious? And why not?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/7/2012 10:23:49 PM     (No. 8916961)

Chavez has worked very much like Obama, attempting to buy the necessary votes from selected groups and running the economy into the ground.
Exit poll was 51% Capriles and 48% Chavez when I looked last.
But, Chavez was holding the polls open illegally for an extra hour and may be stuffing ballot boxes.
Reminds me of Chicago.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/7/2012 10:58:16 PM     (No. 8917041)

It will probably take them 6 years to count the vote, at which time Chavez can stay in office for another term waiting for the results.

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