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Chavez loses critical votes in Venezuela election
Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 25 November 2008 | Richard Reynolds

Posted on 11/24/2008 7:25:20 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has suffered a setback in regional elections, losing several key votes.

While Mr Chavez's broad coalition managed to hold on to most of the regional governors' positions, he did lose the most critical votes including the mayor of Caracas and the governorships of the country's two most populous states.

The mayor's job is often referred to as the second most important position in Venezuela.

While Mr Chavez's popularity remains high, he has never recovered from the surprising loss last year of his sweeping constitutional reforms.

He maintains he still wants to amend the country's constitution in order to run for re-election in 2012, but that now seems unlikely to pass.

The two states that voted against his coalition have almost half the population of Venezuela.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; election; hugochavez; latinamerica; loser; notbreaking; oldnews; potatohead; venezuela
Lost the election? We know what comes next...
1 posted on 11/24/2008 7:25:20 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

To quote Brook Benton and Randy Travis:

“It’s just a matter of time”


2 posted on 11/24/2008 7:26:16 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Aussie Dasher

Chavez’s main hold on power has been oil wealth, and showering his supporters with it. That is vanishing before his eyes. He may well be “dispatched” in short order.


3 posted on 11/24/2008 7:27:45 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Aussie Dasher

Nothing that a bunch of thugs with AK-47s can’t fix.


4 posted on 11/24/2008 7:28:04 PM PST by stboz
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To: Aussie Dasher

There are many benefits to a crashing economy, this being one of them.

These idiots spent like $147/barrel oil was going to last forever.

Hey Hugo, what are you going to do if oil hits $15?

I am going to thoroughly enjoy watching that meltdown.


5 posted on 11/24/2008 7:28:47 PM PST by Boiling Pots (I'd be laughing if it wasn't going to be so expensive.)
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To: Chet 99

Chavez’s main hold on power has been oil wealth, and showering his supporters with it. That is vanishing before his eyes. He may well be “dispatched” in short order.
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What? You mean socialism does not work???? How can that be ??


6 posted on 11/24/2008 7:29:06 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Aussie Dasher

Has Jimmy overturned the election results, yet?


7 posted on 11/24/2008 7:30:42 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Aussie Dasher
While Mr Chavez's popularity remains high

Uh-huh.

8 posted on 11/24/2008 7:34:50 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

“Lost the election? We know what comes next... “

Yup, Call for Jimmy Carter to oversee.


9 posted on 11/24/2008 7:36:06 PM PST by dbacks (God help the USA.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

quick Hugo call Jimmah, he’ll save our enchiladas.


10 posted on 11/24/2008 7:39:15 PM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I'll bet ya dollars to donuts that this is the very last time El Commandante Pocito loses an "election".

And BTW,Dasher,on my recent trip to Southeast Asia I met a couple of great Aussie guys from Sydney on a tour.It was fun swapping stories and talking politics.I was surprised by how much they knew about US politics.It was fair dinkum all the way!

11 posted on 11/24/2008 7:47:25 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Aussie Dasher

Hope this nasty POS gets the “Mussolini treatment” soon and I don’t mean a new mistress...... :^)


12 posted on 11/24/2008 7:48:12 PM PST by Enchante (Thanks, Mediascum, you "elected" your candidate and now the country will pay....)
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To: Gay State Conservative

You are not suggesting a sip may have been shared from time to time???


13 posted on 11/24/2008 7:48:57 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
You are not suggesting a sip may have been shared from time to time???

No,not really.It was a tour of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam during the daytime.They had a beer but I didn't,i was so afraid of getting food poisoning,etc that I only drank coca cola.they were braver than me.But it was a good day.

14 posted on 11/24/2008 7:53:01 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Vaquero

bttt


15 posted on 11/24/2008 7:57:18 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (Cal Thomas.. just another has been with an opinion and an a$$hole...)
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To: Boiling Pots

VZ oil is most likely lower than what that sweet crude is selling for. It’s most likely before $40 a barrel. So this commie thug is toast.


16 posted on 11/24/2008 8:12:58 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I expect these opposition leaders to be found guilty of corruption or whatever and replaced by people hand picked by Chavez.

We saw what happened the last time Chavez lost elections - he took everything he wanted anyway.


17 posted on 11/24/2008 8:14:56 PM PST by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: Aussie Dasher

“Votes? Wih don’ nid no steenking votes!”


18 posted on 11/24/2008 8:18:12 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: EagleUSA; Chet 99

Off shore oil is the only thing keeping the socialist Republic of California going, and those nuts want to cut off their own spigots. At least Chevez and the Veni’s know they need to keep pumping. They are smarter than the average Californian.


19 posted on 11/24/2008 8:26:46 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: Enchante
Hope this nasty POS gets the “Mussolini treatment”

Hanging upside down at a gas station, and it should be a Citgo.

20 posted on 11/24/2008 8:33:58 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: EagleUSA

“What? You mean socialism does not work???? How can that be ??”

You know what is amazing? Many of the oil producing countries are socialist, or close to it (Middle East, Russia, Venezuela).

Oil wealth is as close to “free” money as you can get. Outside interests pay for the infrastructure development. All these governments need to do is stand back and wait. Then, they either tax the hoo-ha out of the oil or nationalize the industry.

And yet, all of these countries have poor populations. Every single one of them has the same poverty problem. Free money + socialism SHOULD equal prosperity for all, right?

It proves the fallacy of socialism. It creates more of a have/havenot state than capitalism. I’ve seen it in China. The rich vs. poor there is astounding compared to the US.


21 posted on 11/24/2008 9:02:17 PM PST by laxcoach
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To: Aussie Dasher
Lost the election? We know what comes next...

Endless recounts until he wins -- just like we do in the States.

22 posted on 11/24/2008 9:05:50 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The committed will surely dominate the complacent.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

It’s OK.

He will be the next POTUS after he immigrates to America and does away with the Constitution and citizenship requirements.

Chavez 2016!

Free Gubmint cheese and Ms. Venezuela does bachelor parties!!


23 posted on 11/24/2008 9:34:22 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Vaquero

Besides Jimmy, Chavez will call Bill Ayers and some of his WUO thugs. They really know how to control crowds and blow up things. What is Bernadine Dohrn doing these days? Getting a new passport?


24 posted on 11/24/2008 9:37:18 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Aussie Dasher

“sweeping constitutional reforms.”

Coming to a nation near us.


25 posted on 11/24/2008 10:19:07 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Lost the election? We know what comes next...

Recounts that favor Al Franken?

26 posted on 11/25/2008 3:43:16 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspell)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Chavez is popular with the gutter rats in the poor neighborhoods cause he takes oil money and gives handouts to those poor.
Course if you are a hard working person with a business or profession you are being taken for a ride.


27 posted on 11/25/2008 4:14:11 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher
Chavez is popular with the gutter rats in the poor neighborhoods cause he takes oil money and gives handouts to those poor.
Course if you are a hard working person with a business or profession you are being taken for a ride.

Sounds familiar...

28 posted on 11/25/2008 4:19:30 AM PST by Allegra
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To: Aussie Dasher

Time for Chavez to issue out the 200,000 AK 47’s?


29 posted on 11/25/2008 4:29:18 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Allegra

zactly.


30 posted on 11/25/2008 5:27:01 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Aussie Dasher

“He maintains he still wants to amend the country’s constitution in order to run for re-election in 2012”

Why do I get the feeling Obama or the RATs in Congress will be wanting the same thing in two or four years?


31 posted on 11/25/2008 6:05:53 AM PST by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: laxcoach

What area of China have you been to? Most of China is rural and poverty is widespread while some are prospering in the free enterprise areas of the cities and the coast no?

Russia is far from socialism now. It is more akin to the wild west with one cowboy sheriff who has his hands in everything in the town. Pukey sits atop and doles out biz favors and collects like a mafia king.


32 posted on 11/25/2008 6:13:09 AM PST by romanesq
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To: laxcoach

“I’ve seen it in China. The rich vs. poor there is astounding compared to the US.”

You can see it in US cities that practice socialism too.


33 posted on 11/25/2008 6:21:50 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Ven. set it’s budget for $100 per barrel of oil!
With oil where it stands right now, the time is getting shorter!

OPEC Basket $44.48 11/24

Venezuelan Basket: $40.68 11/21

11/24:BRENT IPE $53.93 NYMEX WTI $54.50
11/24: US$/VBOF:Parallel 5.05-buy 5.20-sell
11/25: 1 Euro:1.2842 US $ (1155 GMT )
Closing prices/ New Venezuelan currency: Venez.


34 posted on 11/25/2008 6:46:11 AM PST by WellyP
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