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Victory for Venezuela’s Socialists in Crucial Elections – November 2008

The pro-Chavez United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 72% of the governorships in the November 23, 2008 elections and 58% of the popular vote, dumbfounding the predictions of most of the pro-capitalist pollsters and the vast majority of the mass media who favored the opposition.

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The Revolution Stumbles

The loss by the Chavistas of the main cities in Venezuela is a huge blow, and threatens the survival of the project.

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Venezuelan Political Leaders React Positively to Regional Election Results

Mario Silva, loosing PSUV candidate for the state of Carabobo, talks to the press. (YVKE)
After the results of the regional elections came out, winning candidates of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) committed to strengthening socialism in their states, while winning opposition candidates emphasized security and said they want to work with the national government.

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Opposition Also Wins Tachira and Carabobo States in Regional Elections

Red: PSUV win - Blue: Oppositon win - White: no election - arrows: switch towards the opposition (AFP)
This morning Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced that the opposition won in two more states, in Tachira and Carabobo, which had been too close to call last night.

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Venezuelan Voters Excited To Participate in Elections

Two Venezuelan voters proudly show off their ink stained fingers, proof of their participation. (Tamara Pearson/venezuelanalysis.com)
Observing the electoral process in Venezuela revealed a country that is losing the apathy that is common at such elections, and as many voters said, gaining a sense of responsibility to participate politically.

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Chávez Supporters Win 17 out of 23 Venezuelan States, but Lose 3 Most Populous

CNE President Tibisay Lucena (center) announces the first official results of the November 23 regional and local elections.
President Hugo Chavez’s governing party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) got mixed results in the regional and local elections today, winning strongly in 17 out of 23 states, but losing the country’s two most populous states and the Capital District of Caracas, with two more states still to be decided.

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A Local Perspective on the Communist-Socialist Party Split in Venezuela

There is a unique local context in every state and municipality where the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are running separate candidates in this Sunday’s regional and local elections, and each instance bears particular implications for the future path of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.

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Venezuela's Elections of November 23: A Briefing

In recent years, media coverage of Venezuelan elections has been misleading, repeating claims made by opponents of the democratically elected government of Hugo Chávez. This briefing outlines some key facts concerning the forthcoming election, previous elections, and the Venezuelan government's democratic mandate.

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Venezuela Ready to Vote for State Governors and City Mayors, Among Others

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s closing campaign event in Merida, Thursday (Tamara Pearson/venezuelanalysis.com)
Participating parties ended their campaigns for the November 23 regional elections on Thursday, many marking the day with large marches and rallies that were mostly drenched by rain. Beginning with Friday morning at 6am, all electoral propaganda, including TV and radio, was prohibited.

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Venezuelans in Caracas Neighborhoods Chat about Election and Beyond

On street corners, in subway stations, and in front of small kiosks on Friday, Venezuelans from different neighborhoods expressed their desire for peaceful, respectful, and massive participation in this Sunday’s state and local elections.

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