Is Chavez losing it?

August 28, 2002

In a little noted mayoral election in a rural area in the West of Venezuela, these were the results:

New Time Coalition   47.5%

AD Coalition              30.7%

MPS                           10.4%

MEP                            6.6%

MVR(Chavez)            4.8%

Other                          3.3%

This was not insignificant. Chavez’ own brother campaigned in the town for MVR’s candidate, so did two of his Cabinet Ministers. Despite this in an area where they should have won running away, they lost. Moreover, the previous mayor (who passed away) was elected for the MVR party.  The only explanation, given other polls that say MVR holds roughly 20% popularity is that MVR supporters simply did not feel motivated to go and vote for their candidate.

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