Chávez Supporters Celebrate Win

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (C) gestures while speaking to supporters after receiving news of his reelection in Caracas on October 7, 2012. According to the National Electoral Council, Chavez was reelected with 54.42% of the votes, beating opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who obtained 44.47%. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO        (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez won reelection by a generous margin Sunday, according to the National Electoral Council. With 90 percent of the country’s votes counted, Chávez held 54.4 percent of the vote, compared with 44.9 percent for challenger Henrique Capriles. “Viva Venezuela, viva the people of Bolívar, viva Oct. 7,” Chávez said to socialist supporters in an appearance Sunday night outside Venezuela’s presidential palace. About 80 percent of eligible voters are thought to have turned out for the election, keeping Chávez in power despite a flagging economy, rising crime, and an increasingly divided electorate.

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