#Venezuela: The results – it’s Chavez

11:00PM EST
Álvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia, retweets a photo of a letter dated October 4, 2012.

The letter says, “I write to you, sending you a Patriotic and Revolutionary message, following the instructions of our commander Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, to advice you of the payment of a Year’s End Bonus to be delivered on Friday, October 5, 2012, for the amount of thirty percent (30%) of the annual basic salary.

“With this incentive, the government expresses its confidence that on October 7 our commander will be re-elected.”

10:32PM EST
CNE announcement:
Very lengthy preamble thanking the public and institutions.

With 90% of votes counted, Chavez 54.42% of votes, Capriles 44.97%

Drudge sums it up best,


10:27PM EST
Adding to the circus, Fidel Castro’s nice said she had the results in advance,

Twitter hashtag: #ComiendoUñas #BitingNails

10:22PM EST Noticias 24 reports that media and journalists have left the CNE and headed to the presidential palace, Palacio de Miraflores.

10:14PM EST CNN Español also livestreaming. All await the CNE members to make their announcement. The NYTimes has a twitter list,


9:40PM EST
Twitter is aflame with rumors.
The live feed announcer says the announcement of the official results should not take long, since all the officials and the international observers are already at the CNE (Consejo Nacional Electoral, the electoral board). You can watch the live newsfeed in Spanish at my prior post.

Charlie Martin‘s also blogging the results (h/t Instapundit – thanks for the link!)

9:15 EST:
Reuters Vz: Venezuela presidential vote looks set for close finish

(Note: Venezuelan election law prohibits any publication of results inside the country before an official announcement from the election board)

Henrique Capriles’s latest tweet is enticing: “Calm, sanity, patience! Today was an historic, grand day, a people who spoke! We know what happened and must wait. Viva Venezuela!”


Daniel Duquenal is live-blogging, and Miguel Octavio covered the polls. Both believe Capriles will win.

Le Monde says there were 19 million voters.

Exit Poll Shows Capriles in the Lead, Chavez Says He’ll Respect Results. Michael Totten,

WE’LL SEE ABOUT THAT: The Varianzas polling agency says Hugo Chavez lost the election in Venezuela today. And Chavez says he’ll respect the result once the ballots are counted. But don’t pop any champagne corks just yet. The ballots haven’t been counted. We don’t know for sure if they’ll even be counted at all.

They’ll have to count something. I’ll keep blogging until the election board makes an official announcement.

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8 Responses to “#Venezuela: The results – it’s Chavez”

  1. Instapundit » Blog Archive » VENEZUELA: Fausta Wertz and Charlie Martin are blogging the election results…. Says:

    […] Fausta Wertz and Charlie Martin are blogging the election […]

  2. Looks Like Hugo Has Been Given An Eviction Notice Just Kidding: Just Like Those Employment Numbers After The Debate « Mcnorman's Weblog Says:

    […] Hugo wins. Fidel Castro’s niece saying she has the results in advance. […]

  3. Instapundit » Blog Archive » UNEXPECTEDLY: Chavez wins re-election, AP reports. Love the upside photo of Chavez currently ato… Says:

    […] UPDATE: “Nothing says democratic legitimacy like Fidel Castro’s niece saying she has the results in advance.” […]

  4. There Hugo Again « The Mex Files Says:

    […] I don’t think Fausta’s blog is completely off in right-field (well, yeah, it is… but sometimes even the “right” is… um… correct) in suggesting there were some irregularities.  I expect there were a lot of them, just as there usually are in elections in this part of the world.  But none she notes are particularly outrageous.  Well, maybe the supposed letter from Alvaro Uribe (the disgraced former Colombian President, who has made something of a post-presidential career of complaining about other Latin American leaders — that, and avoiding trial for crimes against humanity).   But Uribe has to be taken with a large grain of salt. […]

  5. smitty Says:

    And let this be a lesson to American voters.

  6. steveegg Says:

    smitty Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 7:12 am

    And let this be a lesson to American voters.

    Stalin put it best – “You know, comrades, that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”

    Remember the Soros project to get proto-Communists elected as secretaries of state in key states?

  7. Richard von Saggis - (Austria) Says:

    !Un paso importantisimo hacia la victoria final! – Afortunadamente Chavez ha vencido, mil gracias a Dios. !Abajo el imperialismo yanqui en America Latina! !Arriba con Chavez, Morales, Daniel Ortega, Fidel y el presidente del Ecuador!

  8. Venezuela: Castro’s Daughter Knew The Election Results Days Ago | Extrano's Alley, a gun blog Says:

    […] The invaluable Fausta’s Blog has a roundup of the rigged Venezuelan elections, and they are not pretty. […]