Venezuelan Electoral Council: Hugo Chavez Wins Presidential VoteSubmitted by father_abraham85 on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 03:09
By: By IAN JAMES and FRANK BAJAK Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A united, well-organized opposition led by a youthful state governor gave President Hugo Chavez the race of his life Sunday as Venezuelans turned out in huge numbers for a presidential election on the country's socialist direction.
Tensions rose in the bitterly divided petroleum-exporting nation while an undetermined number of voting stations remained open after the official 6 p.m. closing time, with not a single result announced more than three hours later.
Chavez, who has ruled for nearly 14 years, called on Venezuelans to await results patiently, speaking briefly by phone during a news conference held by his campaign chief. That message was echoed by challenger Henrique Capriles, who wrote on Twitter, "We know what happened and we should wait." He also called Sunday "a grand, historic day."
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