The momentum’s still with Chavez, not the opposition

Hugo Chavez was re-elected with a landslide in October winning a record number of votes having added 800,000 votes to his 2006 tally, a previous record.

Yet, some media – often the very same outlets that had predicted Chavez would lose or that it would be a very close race – have given the impression that though Hugo Chavez won, it is the Venezuelan right-wing coalition that is the political force making gains.

This impression is given by comparing the 2012 results with the previous Presidential election of 2006. Of course that’s a perfectly fine comparison to make. However, by focusing on this shift over a six year period this approach misses the important developments within this period.

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