Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez going down? Update: Chavez wins; tanks in streets

Matt Drudge links to a report from Madrid’s that longtime Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez may be ousted in today’s presidential vote. The agency reports that exit polling shows challenger Henrique Capriles leading Chavez by a three-point margin of 51.3% to 48.06%.

The mood in Venezuela is reportedly tense, as people wait to see whether Chavez’s grip on power has finally been released:

Today’s election is being closely watched in Congress. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,  tweeted about an interview she gave regarding the vote:

And members of Congress aren’t the only U.S. residents paying close attention. Today’s vote has brought many Venezuelans living in the U.S. to the polls:

If Chavez is finally beaten, there’ll be no one sadder than his liberal buddies in Hollywood.

Penn and Glover were brave to go to a dangerous place like Venezuela to campaign for Chavez, while Chavez fan Kevin Spacey apparently wasn’t able to make it. Of course, it’s worth noting that it’s been much more dangerous to oppose Chavez than to support him:

Was the election clean? Well, just a few weeks ago, none other than former U.S. President Jimmuh Carter reported the Venezuelan electoral process to be “the best in the world” — definitely better than  the corrupt system in the United States. Today Carter’s eating crow, as his own Carter Center reported that Chavez is cheating:

Don’t sweat it Mr. President; your reputation won’t get much worse just because you looked silly one more time.

Chavez says that if he winds up going down to defeat, he will respect the results of the election:

Hopefully he’ll get the chance to make good on that promise.

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noreiga recently noted that Chavez has not looked good as he has campaigned while fighting cancer:

Is it too much to hope that if Chavez does end up in involuntary retirement, his preferred candidate for President of the U.S. gets beaten as well?


According to Venezuela’s Electoral Council, Chavez has won (via AP/Drudge):

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s electoral council says President Hugo Chavez has won re-election, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles.

National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena says that with most votes counted, Chavez had about 54 percent of the vote.

Chavez spokesman Eva Colinger declares victory, says Henrique Capriles has conceded:

Chavez tweets: “Thank you my God, thank you everyone!”

Not everyone is convinced that this was a fair election:


Tanks in the streets:

  • J.N. Ashby

    Sean Penn’s gonna be devastated…

    • Joseph Phillips


    • ZoriahShepard

      I wouldn’t wanna be the photographer around Penn when Chavez loses.

    • Brett McMicken

      it hit sean so hard, he didn’t feel like going out on the yacht.

  • Discontentwliars

    I’d really bet that there will be a astonishing turn around. You know there isn’t a problem with voter fraud. It’s just Math! Same problems we’ll have in November. Just don’t be surprised, things aren’t aways as we believe.

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    as a proud colombian there is nothing we wish more than for him to GTFO
    but we should be worried that he doesnt take the results nicely, he once tried a coup and now he has some of the army bought

  • TugboatPhil

    Even if he did lose. how are they going to get him to give up power? He took control with his goon brigades.

  • Brett McMicken

    wow, the liberals are seeing another god being tarnished!

  • A Willful Boy

    Does this mean Citgo is gonna stop subsidizing fuel for Obama supporters?

    • redheadgrl

      I’ve noticed the Citgos in my area are now Marathons.

  • ChuckHeston

    Tanks in the street saying “Chavez won, end of the discussion.”

  • Zane Henry

    Who could have predicted this outcome? Answer: everyone with 2 brain cells to rub together. 3 point deficit to 10 point victory. Sounds like Harry Reid’s last election.

  • tjp77

    Looks like Chavez successfully stole another one. Maybe someone will have the good sense to assassinate him already.

  • Andrew C Eden-Balfour

    Congratulations to Mr. Chavez for winning the election.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub


  • nc

    Of course it was a legitimate election. Don’t all newly victorious leaders send in the tanks to celebrate?

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      “That’s right Rachel, it’s a great big ‘Tanks for your vote’ from Hugo!”

  • Fire and Adjust!

    NEWSFLASH……… Obama’s pollsters and community organizers will be back in country later today…….say their visit to South America was a blast.

  • DANEgerus

    55% for Hugo 3 fixed elections in a row… how… predictable.

  • DANEgerus

    55% for Hugo 3 fixed elections in a row… how… predictable.

  • porgiefirefighter

    Another beautiful country turned into a socialist hellhole. Excuse the redundancy.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Preview of November? When exit polls show a Romney walkover by 60 or 70 %, and “official” results show Sock Puppet re-elected?

  • SpaceRacer423

    Im sure Chavez was being honest when he said he’d respect the results of the election,
    after all, he’s known for months what the results would be.