FINAL UPDATE: Chavez wins re-election.
Chavez wins by over one million votes.
Hugo Chávez Frías 54.42%
Henrique Capriles Radonzky 44.97%
You know the saying…
It’s easy to vote a Marxist into office. It’s harder to vote him out.
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Venezuelans lined up for hours in searing tropical heat on Sunday to vote in the biggest electoral test yet to President Hugo Chavez’s socialist rule.
Venezuela’s opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles waves to supporters after he voted in the presidential election pitting him against President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas October 7, 2012. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez faces the toughest election of his 14-year rule on Sunday in a vote pitting his charisma and oil-financed largesse against fresh-faced challenger Henrique Capriles’ promise of jobs, safer streets and an end to cronyism. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
Daniel at Venezuela News and Views says the opposition is voting en masse.
Venezuelan residents in the United States traveled in planes, buses, cars and even convoys to take part in the presidential election.
UPDATE: Univision exit polling has Capriles with a 3 point lead.
UPDATE: Here’s video of Hugo Chavez dancing in the rain at his last rally before the election.
Hat Tip Billy
UPDATE: Daniel at Venezuela News and Views says the high turnout favors Chavez.