Five Reasons the Left [sic] Won in Venezuela

Source: Common Dreams
by Leonardo Flores

“For the first time in four years, every major opposition party in Venezuela participated in elections. For the fifth time in four years, the left won in a landslide. Voters elected 23 governors, 335 mayors, 253 state legislators and 2,471 municipal councilors. The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won at least 19 of 23 governorships …. Of the 335 mayoral races, the vote count has been completed in 322 of them, with PSUV and its coalition taking 205, opposition coalitions 96 and other parties 21. Over 70,000 candidates ran for these 3,082 offices, and 90% of the vote was counted and verified within hours of polls closing. Turnout was 42.2%, eleven points higher than last year’s parliamentary elections. Here’s why chavismo, the movement behind the Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, won. 1. Good governance in health, housing and food. … 2. The economic situation is improving. … 3. The left is united (mostly). … 4. The opposition is divided. … 5. The opposition is deeply unpopular.” (11/22/21)