Zulia: PSUV's Francisco Arias Cardenas 50.99%; MUD's Pablo Perez 46.74%.
Latin American Studies Professor Miguel Tinker Salas said:
Results "underscore the fact that Chavismo can survive at least at the regional level without Chavez."
"The reality is that the Chavistas today proved that their movement is institutionalized enough to sustain itself and to win statehouses in almost 90 percent of Venezuela."
What's true regionally reflects overwhelming national support.
Chavista campaign manager Jorge Rodriguez hailed the victory. "The map painted red," he said. It's PSUV's color.
"Chavismo, the force of the nation, won a crushing majority. This is a victory for all of Venezuela but particularly a victory for Chavez."
Voters overwhelmingly showed support for Chavez, his allies, and Bolivarian social justice. They won't tolerate going back to Venezuela's dark past.
Ahead of the vote, banners on lampposts read "Now more than ever with Chavez." Vice President Nicolas Maduro addressed Venezuelans, saying "Let's not fail Chavez."
"Today is a day where the entire nation will ratify its love for the country."
He explained that Chavez is communicating with his cabinet daily. He's kept informed "step by step of everything that is going on economically and politically."
Ahead of the vote, Venezuelan officials expressed outrage about Obama's Friday comments. As Chavez struggles to recover from complex surgery, he called his policies "authoritarian."
A Venezuelan Foreign Ministry statement said he further damaged relations between the countries. He showed "aggression and disrespect" at a very "delicate moment."
Venezuela "demands respect from (Obama) and officials from his government for the dignity of the Venezuelan people, its institutions and especially for" Chavez.
Obama outrageously said: