December 3, 2007

IMAGINE HOW LOPSIDED THE REAL MARGIN MUST HAVE BEEN...:

Venezuela Hands Narrow Defeat to Chávez Plan (SIMON ROMERO, 12/03/07, NY Times)

Voters in this country narrowly defeated a proposed overhaul to the constitution in a contentious referendum over granting President Hugo Chávez sweeping new powers, the Election Commission announced early Monday.

It was the first major electoral defeat in the nine years of his presidency. Voters rejected the 69 proposed amendments 51 to 49 percent.

The political opposition erupted into celebration, shooting fireworks into the air and honking car horns, when electoral officials announced the results at 1:20 a.m. The nation had remained on edge since polls closed Sunday afternoon and the wait for results began.

The outcome is a stunning development in a country where Mr. Chávez and his supporters control nearly all of the levers of power.


...if even Diebold couldn't rig a win?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2007 8:49 AM
Comments

It's Sequoia, but the same point applies. ESS is Chuck Hagel's company by the way

Posted by: narciso at December 3, 2007 9:14 AM

~moonbat chip [ON]~
Chavez is a true believer in freedom and democracy! He showed it today by respecting the will of the people. He embodies dignity and integrity. If only our own dictator wannabe and his thugs had respected the true will of the people in 2000 or even in 2004! Oh well, our side will surely win a landslide victory in 2008.
~moonbat chip [OFF]~

Posted by: Dave W at December 3, 2007 9:51 AM

What an amateur. Ron Sims and King County Elections would've found the necessary votes over the next few weeks if they'd been running things.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 3, 2007 10:51 AM
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