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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.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chavez; chavezwins; venezuela; venezuelaelection; venezuelaexitpolls
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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

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.

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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