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Venezuela presidential vote looks set for close finish (exit polls showing Chavez down)
Reuters ^ | 10/7/12 | Daniel Wallis and Todd Benson

Posted on 10/07/2012 5:09:17 PM PDT by barmag25

(Reuters) - Venezuela's presidential election looked headed for a close finish on Sunday with President Hugo Chavez facing an unprecedented challenge to his socialist rule from a young rival tapping into discontent over crime and cronyism.

An energetic campaign by centrist state governor Henrique Capriles, 40, has given the opposition its best chance in 14 years to unseat the popular president and take the reins of South America's leading oil exporter.

Chavez has used record oil revenue to support ideological allies around the world while taking a fiercely anti-American stance in global diplomacy, so the election is being watched eagerly from the United States and Cuba to Belarus and Iran.

With polling stations closing around 6 p.m. local time (2230 GMT), sources on both sides were predicting a narrow victory based on their monitoring of the vote, while local analysts said the ballot was looking too close to call.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chavez; chavezwins; venezuela; venezuelaelection; venezuelaexitpolls
Exit polls showing Chavez down. Article in Spanish.

http://www.abc.es/20121008/internacional/abci-primeros-sondeos-venezuela-201210080050.html

1 posted on 10/07/2012 5:09:26 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

Global communism might have peaked. Bad news for Barry and Sean Penn. Penn will probably have to be placed on suicide watch if his boy can’t pull it out.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 5:11:44 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Sorry Algore. It was attitude, NOT altitude.)
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To: barmag25

Chavez won’t leave. Not to mention he runs the country. This won’t end well


3 posted on 10/07/2012 5:13:04 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: barmag25

Not buying it, it’s only a matter of Chavez telling them what the margin of victory will be.


4 posted on 10/07/2012 5:15:36 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: barmag25

The consultant Variance granted a victory for opposition leader 51.3% versus 48.06 Chavez.

Translated from article.


5 posted on 10/07/2012 5:18:00 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25
I have a friend from Venezuela who earned her US citizenship back in 2008. She now has dual citizenship. Yesterday, she flew back to Caracas just so she could vote against Chavez. For her, it was easily worth the price of air fare.

I remember her distinctly telling me during the US campaign four years ago about how Obama was saying the exact same things Chavez said when he was first elected.

6 posted on 10/07/2012 5:19:19 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: barmag25

Anyone who thinks Chaves will relinquish rule is a little crazier than I thought.


7 posted on 10/07/2012 5:20:38 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: dfwgator
Bingo!

It's naive to the point of silliness to think Chavez will simply hand over the reins of power. Sure, he has to submit to the charade of open elections for the purpose of international public opinion, but let's not get crazy.

8 posted on 10/07/2012 5:24:17 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: catfish1957
Chaves and Castro are running around without their large intestines ~ just a matter of time!

Although I could be wrong if it's the case the Acolytes of the Antichrist don't need bowels!

9 posted on 10/07/2012 5:36:44 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: barmag25

Maybe Obama will invite him to share his Hawaii home when he is defeated in November.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 5:39:49 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Hoodat
I remember her distinctly telling me during the US campaign four years ago about how Obama was saying the exact same things Chavez said when he was first elected.

In a recent electoral campaign in Santo Domingo, the leftmost candidate used the Obama slogan (Si se puede). Of course, from my perspective all the candidates there, even the "right-wing" guy, were socialists.

11 posted on 10/07/2012 5:41:11 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: Hoodat
I remember her distinctly telling me during the US campaign four years ago about how Obama was saying the exact same things Chavez said when he was first elected.

We have Venezuelan friends who've said the exact same thing.

Pray for America.

12 posted on 10/07/2012 5:45:42 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: barmag25

Chavez is a dictator. He will not be stepping down.

So what will Barry have to say? Could be a preview for November.


13 posted on 10/07/2012 5:58:15 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: barmag25

Re exit polls:

Remember what Stalin said, “What matters is who counts the votes.”


14 posted on 10/07/2012 5:58:50 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: barmag25

Im reading on twitter according to exit polls Chavez is down 3 right now..I doubt Chavez loses but if he does this will be a great day!! I can just imagine Obama and Penn crapping logs right now because if Chavez goes down, its a good sign that Obama will go down too


15 posted on 10/07/2012 6:08:31 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: catfish1957

I can’t see Chavez going quietly into the night. The other guy should be very careful.


16 posted on 10/07/2012 6:21:55 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: barmag25
"has given the opposition its best chance in 14 years to unseat the popular president"

Popular? Feared is more like it.

17 posted on 10/07/2012 6:22:42 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: glyptol

Venezuelan voting goes into overtime ‘due to lines’..


Just saw that on the Drudge Report..Chavez is telling people to “Remain calm” and that not everyone has voted yet(Yeah I can smell the fix already)


18 posted on 10/07/2012 6:23:59 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: barmag25

If it holds, and the Venezuelans throw out their Marxist, there is no reason Americans cannot throw out their Marxist.

19 posted on 10/07/2012 6:32:03 PM PDT by magellan
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To: barmag25

It’s not who votes; it’s who counts the votes.


20 posted on 10/07/2012 6:46:12 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: SampleMan

Chavez’s supporters have said they will fight against the new government if he is voted out, but I doubt Chavez will relinquish power even if he does lose.
He’ll say it’s a “Zionist conspiracy”, and order Caprilles arrested and executed.


21 posted on 10/07/2012 6:59:08 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: barmag25

Looks like we know who counting votes:::

Venezuela: Election Council Reports Chavez Leads In Presidential Race
October 8, 2012 | 0134 GMT

EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/GettyImages
Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski on Oct. 7
According to Stratfor sources in the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez leads opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski with 79 percent of votes counted. This report is unverified, but it comes amid multiple claims about the outcome of the elections, with supporters of Capriles claiming he has an advantage of 1 million votes.

With tensions running high in Venezuela, the outcome of the election is likely to spark widespread unrest. Already there are reports of two people dead and hundreds of reports of voter fraud. It is not clear yet that these are sufficient to cause a widespread violent reaction from either camp, but with both camps currently claiming the lead in the race, the final outcome of the election will contradict one of two parties, raising the chance for destabilization


22 posted on 10/07/2012 7:06:14 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: crosslink

The Fix is in..wouldnt be surprised if they are the same ones who will count the votes in November..Obama’s probably on the phone with them right now


23 posted on 10/07/2012 7:39:10 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: barmag25

From Reuters:

BREAKING NEWS: Chavez wins presidential vote in Venezuela with 54 percent votes: electoral authority

Told you so.


24 posted on 10/07/2012 7:42:54 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

Jimmy Carter has probably already validated the vote.


25 posted on 10/07/2012 7:43:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

In the case of the US election a Spanish company (run by a major Obama contributor) will be counting the votes.
http://www.examiner.com/article/spanish-company-contracts-with-900-u-s-jurisdictions-to-count-votes


26 posted on 10/07/2012 7:44:40 PM PDT by BootsOfEscaping
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To: Rocky

Surprise Surprise..Chavez has been declared the winner..well color me shocked..Obama must have sent some of his SEIU thugs to count the votes. Even if Romney is ahead by 10 in November it wont matter unless we make sure voter fraud does NOT happen


27 posted on 10/07/2012 7:45:31 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: barmag25

I dont see him leaving


28 posted on 10/07/2012 7:46:32 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert

There was never any chance of a fair election. That’s not how communists roll.

Keep that in mind 30 days from now.


29 posted on 10/07/2012 7:56:31 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Remember what Stalin said, “What matters is who counts the votes.” .................................................. True, and who appoints the generals, will remain in power.


30 posted on 10/07/2012 8:54:44 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

This is where a moral America would have stepped in and had been monitoring the election process...

Not now, not for Communists.


31 posted on 10/07/2012 9:57:33 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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