Update: VENEZUELA CHOOSES MARXISM!
Venezuelans go to the polls today to choose Marxism and more Hugo Chavez…
Or, to turn back to freedom and capitalism with Opposition candidate Manuel Rosales.
A street vendor arranges towels showing Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez hugging Cuba’s President Fidel Castro between other towels with images of Che Guevara in Maracaibo on December 2, 2006. Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday to elect their next president. (Francesco Spotorno/Reuters)
However, Venezuelan polls have opposition candidate Rosales looking good.
** Venezuela News and Views is liveblogging the election results.
A. M. Mora y Leon has a terrific roundup at Publius Pundit on what we know so far.
Sandmonkey has several links to the action.
American Pundit reports that Venezuela closed down the US Telemundo services today.
Hugo’s favorite the Carter Center is on the ground working the polls.
Venezuela’s opposition presidential candidate Manuel Rosales greets his supporters after casting his vote at a polling station in Maracaibo December 3, 2006. (REUTERS/Francesco Spotorno)
An inflated Hugo…
Flickr has several more pictures from Caracas and the election.
Miguel Octavio at the Devil’s Excrement has a take on turnout from the day.
A. M. Mora y Leon writing at Babalu has her hopes up.
Chavez has fans in Hezbollah and the communist party of Lebanon who are rooting for his victory…
A Lebanese woman carries a poster of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez as communist party members protest, demanding the resignation of the U.S.-backed government in Beirut December 3, 2006. (REUTERS/Sharif Karim)
Update: Publius Pundit has an update with pictures.
Update 2: VCrisis reports:
Tibisay Lucena, director of CNE, has just informed that Hugo Chavez won the election with 5,936,141 of votes, results arrived at after 78% of voting centres have been tallied. Manuel Rosales got 3,715,292 votes according to Lucena. People close to the campaign of Rosales informed me just before the announcement that Rosales did not have enough votes.
Manuel Rosales is expected to address the nation shortly. President Hugo Chavez has just appeared in Miraflores “people’s balcony” and is singing the national anthem.
60% of Venezuelan voters choose the Marxist Anti-American Chavez.