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  •  It's worth following the trend line (0+ / 0-)

    Chavez got reelected with 56% the last go around after high sixties four years earlier.  So the 'revolution' is on its last legs with the Venezuelan electorate now after close to a decade of mediocrity and decline and failure to achieve much.

    This election was close enough that both sides could legitimately believe that they were victorious.  I'm sure the Chavistas used all the means they had to get votes at the polls anyplace they could, which means a large expenditure of what political capital and means they still had- which they are likely to run down further.  Which makes the next election the one the Chavistas have to steal to win.

    The important thing is that Capriles makes Maduro and his party pay a hefty, unaffordable, political price for the way they won this one.

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