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."