Cuban President Raul Castro was one of the first leaders to send congratulations. Chavizmo was triumphant. Sunday was celebratory time. Monday it's back to business.
Chavez said that he'll deepen socialism in the next six years. Many problems need addressing. He promised to continue working to alleviate them.
It's not easy turning around a money power run country run for generations. Since taking office in February 1999, Chavez did plenty. Venezuelans rewarded him with six more years. He deserved it. On January 10, he'll be inaugurated to deepen Bolivarianism as he promised.
Around 10PM Sunday night, with 90% of votes counted, National Electoral Council (CNE) president Tibisay Lucena announced electoral results.
Chavez led Capriles by 54.42% to 44.97%. He was ahead by around 1.3 million votes. It was more than enough to assure victory. With nearly all votes counted, Chavez upped his victory margin to 1.5 million votes. He won 55 - 44%. Other candidates combined got 1% combined.
Lucena said, "Once again we've had a calm electoral process without problems, with the joy of this people who decided to vote massively today."
Corporate media scoundrels stopped just short of sour grapes. For over a decade, they pilloried him mercilessly. They can't bear having a hemispheric good example shame how America is run. The difference between both countries is stark. Previous articles explained it.
The New York Times has been one of his lead antagonists. On October 7, it headlined "Chavez Wins New Term in Venezuela, Holding Off Surge by Opposition."
"Surge?" On Sunday it failed to show up except in a fake Spanish ABC newspaper mid-afternoon exit poll . It didn't surprise. It was published in Miami, Colombia, Chile and Venezuela.
It claimed opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski won. The corporate run Varianzas agency released it. It said he defeated Chavez by 51.3% to 48.06%.
Perhaps it tried to deter Chavez supporters from voting later in the day. Not a chance. They wanted another six years and got them.
Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign (VSC) secretary Francisco Dominguez said:
"Fake exit polls are one way in which opponents of the current government have previously tried to discredit the results of elections where Hugo Chavez has won clear majorities."- Advertisement -
"This is part of a political game - a dirty war played by the Venezuela right-wing."
"Journalists who have reported these polls believing them to be credible have later been embarrassed to have found themselves exploited for political motives."
"Given that polling is not permitted on election day in Venezuela, any such polls should be treated skeptically."