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Chavez wins Presidential election in Venezuela

Chavez wins Presidential Election

NEW YORK - Venezuelan citizens cast their votes this past weekend both at home and abroad, including here in the U.S.

Venezuela's incumbent president Hugo Chavez won a third term after Sunday's election.

While Chavez supporters were ecstatic with the news in Caracas, earlier in the day at the Venezuelan consulate in New York City, hundreds of expatriates showed up to vote in the election back home and from what our cameras saw, it wasn't for Chavez.

"Se ve, se siente, Capriles es Presidente!" cheered a group of voters in Spanish saying: "It's seen, it's heard, Capriles for President!"

"What I hope for the election is Henrique Capriles to win and if he wins I'm definitely going back, if he doesn't I really don't know what's going to happen," said a university student voting for the first time.

"I know, I know Capriles is going to win," said another voter as she held the Venezuelan flag.

"Tonight we are going to celebrate. Venezuela is a democracy. We have six more years to strengthen the revolution," said one of the few Chavez supporters we found in New York.

Henrique Capriles, the man who ran against Chavez, lost at 45% by nine points in one of the highest voter turnout Venezuela has seen in decades at nearly 81 percent.

Chavez's win means 6 more years, Chavez has been in power since 1999.


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